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Equality is a non-negotiable right

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When we begin picking and choosing when the rule of law matters and when it doesn’t, we start down a slippery slope.


10 Jul 2020
PREMIUM!
Equality is a non-negotiable right

Picture for illustration. Mjoliso Mphotye a waste picker that was arrested during the nationwide lockdown can be seen at the informal settlement along the Hennops river in Centurion, 9 July 2020, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Sometimes, inequality is loud. Sometimes, it kicks and screams and demands attention. But, more often, inequality is quiet. More often, it treads softly in the shadows. And that’s where it thrives and festers into something even more insidious. The right to equality is one of the most fundamental. It is an enabling right, a precondition for the realisation of other rights. There are times when certain rights can and should be limited. Like during a state of disaster. But the right to equality isn’t one of those. The right to equality – which provides that everyone is equal before the...

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