oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The right to be free from slavery, servitude and forced labour
The right to be free from slavery, servitude and forced labour is a fundamental human right. Its importance is highlighted by the fact that it is found in numerous conventions both on the international level and in national constitutions. The number of cases arising from the interpretation of this provision in the European Convention clearly indicates that it is vital that this right should be included in any possible Bill of Rights for South Africa. It would appear that South Africa is gradually moving in the direction of accepting a Bill of Rights as a basic standard. It is therefore imperative that any such future Bill of Rights should include an absolute and non-derogatory prohibition on slavery, servitude and forced labour.
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