South Africa will never be a truly free country until all are treated equally by the law.
Even then, we acknowledge, what is in the statute books can be a far cry from what actually happens in our streets, in our offices and in our houses.
But equality, in legal terms, is a positive step towards a better society.
This week, a landmark Bill was passed by parliament which will, effectively entitle all parents to take parental leave.
In the past, only mothers have legally been allowed to take maternity leave – and this has been guaranteed in labour law.
Under the Labour Laws Amendment Bill – which still has to pass scrutiny by the National Council of Province and be signed into law by President Jacob Zuma – fathers will now be entitled to 10 days’ parental leave.
The provision also applies to same-sex couples, as well as surrogate and adoptive parents, which marks a seismic change in how the law regards what constitutes a family.
The proposed law changes are gender neutral and have been hailed as a major achievement for LBGQTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and intersex) community.
It’s more than that, though: It’s a milestone victory for equality.