n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Observations on representivity, democracy and homogenisation

Volume 2010, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



The notion of racial and gender representivity has mushroomed into one of the foremost principles in terms of which the public order in South Africa is organised. If transformation has developed into the master concept of our post-1994 public order, representivity is the principal instrument for achieving transformation. Through representivity "genuine South African institutions" and organised spheres are created, each one reflecting the national population and each being a replica of all the others. Representivity features in a number of places in the constitution. However, the importance of representivity as an instrument for achieving transformation only really becomes apparent from the large number of legislative enactments that in some way or another provide for representivity. Representivity as a foundation for organising the South African public order also plays an important part in the public discourse in general.

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