n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Regstellende aksie, menseregte en die openbare mening oor 'n goeie praktyk-kode

Volume 46, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


The politics of redistribution in South Africa can be considered to be part of the extended process of democratic transition and negotiated peacemaking. The process entails the dismantling of historically accrued racially correlated socio-economic inequalities. The policies that aim to deliver such redistribution include that of affirmative action. The mechanisms for directing affirmative action are found in the Bill of Rights in the 1996 Constitution and the Employment Equity Act of 1998. The challenge for democratic quality is to effect such policies that do not undermine the letter and spirit of the negotiated democratic order. The first aim of this article is to establish criteria that can serve to limit such policy measures and to identify issues that need to be addressed by such criteria. The Employment Equity Act allows for a code of good practice, which can serve as a guiding mechanism, within which such limitations can be spelt out. The second aim of the article is to examine public opinion on a number of these issues.

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