Quote of the week

It is clear that no legitimate objective is advanced by excluding domestic workers from COIDA.  If anything, their exclusion has a significant stigmatising effect which entrenches patterns of disadvantage based on race, sex and gender…. In considering those who are most vulnerable or most in need, a court should take cognisance of those who fall at the intersection of compounded vulnerabilities due to intersecting oppression based on race, sex, gender, class and other grounds.  To allow this form of state-sanctioned inequity goes against the values of our newly constituted society namely human dignity, the achievement of equality and ubuntu.  To exclude this category of individuals from the social security scheme established by COIDA is manifestly unreasonable.

Victor AJ
Mahlangu and Another v Minister of Labour and Others (CCT306/19) [2020] ZACC 24 (19 November 2020)
2 April 2007

Zuma: 0 – NPA: 1

The NPA finally scored a legal victory over Jacob Zuma and his lawyers today. IOL reports that Judge Phillip Levensohn granted the National Prosecuting Authority’s request for a letter requesting Mauritian authorities to hand over documentation pertaining to alleged meetings between ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma, convicted businessman Schabir Shaik and French arms manufacturer Thint.

On the face of it this does not seem like a significant victory for the NPA in building a solid case against Mr Zuma because they already have a copy of the diary in dispute which was accepted as evidence in the Shaik trial. But maybe there are other documents among the one’s requested that we have not been told of and that will help the state.

In any case, it seems clear that Mr Zuma will be recharged by the NPA later this year and that he will therefore be a defendant in a criminal trial at the time of the ANC conference in Polokwane in December.

A few months ago everyone was saying that President Mbeki was down and out and Zuma was on the up. Now it is clear that Mbeki did not become President of the ANC because he was ever outmanoeuvred in backroom deals and shenanigans. I give him a 50% chance of being re-elected ANC President in December – but I do hope with all my heart this does not happen because it will be bad for the ANC and bad for the country.

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