The judgment in favour of Lt.-Col. Renate Barnard and Solidarity today in the Court of Appeals in Bloemfontein is a step in the right direction and could have a snowball-effect with other cases with racial discrimination as basis, Adv. Anton Alberts, the Freedom Front Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Labour says.
“This decision could hold far-reaching consequences for many white and brown people in the country who are not considered for jobs or promotion due to the colour of their skin. At present there are eight similar cases in the SAPS alone which have been waiting for this judgment.
“This, together with the recent judgment in the DCS case in Cape Town, show that the country’s highest courts are increasingly rejecting the racist element of affirmative action. This is a step in the right direction to create a more equitable labour dispensation for white and brown people in South Africa.
“It is precisely because of racial laws such as the Employment Equity Act that minorities in South Africa are increasingly struggling economically. Efforts should now be made to see to the phasing-out of this,” Adv. Alberts said.
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