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When rights clash with tradition

September 21, 2014

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Swaziland may provide the catalyst in a clash between the egalitarian concepts embodied in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the demands in South Africa to retain undemocratic, feudal and colonial hangovers of the past.

Political abuse & arrogant dogma

September 14, 2014

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Deputy defence minister Kebby Maphatsoe this week withdrew his claim that public protector Thuli Madonsela was a “CIA spy” and apologised for the statement. But the issue continues to reverberate throughout the body politic.

Constitutional misunderstandings

September 8, 2014

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South Africa's justly praised Constitution and the institutions it created have taken something of a verbal battering over the past week and more — and often for the wrong reasons. In the process, the office of the public protector has become something of a surrogate battleground for the opposing factions in in the country's major trade union federation, Cosatu.

Business shoots itself in the wages foot

August 31, 2014

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The opening salvoes have again been fired in another round in South Africa's war about a national minimum wage. Yet without more work with decent pay and a radical change in overall policy direction, the country's social fabric will continue to fray and tear

Why workers are always disadvantged

August 26, 2014

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Even with improvements in labour legislation such as the recent amendments to South Africa's LRA, workers will always be disadvataged. This is simply the reality of the system in which we live.

Sex work, crime & the working class

August 17, 2014

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Should the sale and/or purchasae of sex be regarded as work or be criminalised or regulated? The issue has again come to the fore as the economic crisis continues to bite.

Lawyers muddy workers’ rights

August 7, 2014

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South African lawyers, claiming unfair discrimination have gained the right to appear in industrial mediation and arbitration dispute processes, so further tipping the already uneven scales of justice in favour of those with fat wallets.

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