Equality, human dignity and the achievement of freedom are some of the foundational values recognised by the South African Constitution.
Phephelaphi Dube, director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights, spoke to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo about how discrimination is addressed in the South African Constitution.
Pupils at Pretoria Girls' High School are speaking out against systematic racism at the school. There are allegations of racism and intimidation against black pupils at the school.
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi met with the pupils, and has described serious tensions at the school at the moment. Lesufi heard accounts of black pupils being discriminated against because of their hair and the language they spoke at the school.
Dube says South Africa has constitutional provisions which address discrimination.
Listen to the interview below:
All laws and policies in South Africa are supposed to be derived from the Constitution. They are supposed to reflect not just the letter, but the spirit of the Constitution— Phephelaphi Dube, director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights
It does recognise that in some instances, to achieve equality, it may be necessary to treat other people differently, which is what the Constitution refers to as fair discrimination— Phephelaphi Dube, director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights
Rules, policies, and laws are seldom neutral. They often reinforce a dominant culture— Phephelaphi Dube, director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights
Throughout the show, #NightTalk listeners weighed in on the #PretoriaGirlsHigh matter:
@Radio702 as long as the hair style does not obstruct others learners in class then it is appropriate. racism must just fall— kgopotso (@Kgopotso_kg) August 29, 2016
This article first appeared on 702 : "Rules, laws and policies often reinforce a dominant culture"