n SA Mercantile Law Journal = SA Tydskrif vir Handelsreg - New life for gender pay discrimination in South Africa

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1015-0099
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2185



Discrimination based on race and gender has a long history in South Africa. Discrimination against women and discrimination against Black people has seen to it that Black women have received a double dose of discrimination. Discrimination on the basis of race was politically motivated in the apartheid era in South Africa. Gender discrimination, on the other hand, has its roots in sociocultural dictates of all groups. In order to redress the inequalities of the past, South Africa has adopted sophisticated rights-based legislation with specific reference to inter alia gender equality. In its attempt to reverse the adverse effects of all forms of discrimination, including gender discrimination, the government of South Africa has since 1994, when it first became a democracy, adopted and developed legislation to promote equality between all people, regardless of race, gender, class, disability and sexual orientation.

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