n South African Law Journal - Justice, diversity and racial preference : a critique of affirmative action

Volume 125, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



Whereas affirmative action has been much debated in countries such as the United States, there has been very little debate about it in South Africa. In this paper the author distinguishes different senses of the term 'affirmative action' and argues that affirmative action is morally wrong in all but one of these. He distinguishes two broad kinds of arguments typically advanced in favour of affirmative action - rectification arguments and consequentialist ones - and he examines varieties of each of these kinds of arguments. He argues that they fail to justify any of the controversial forms of affirmative action. Having argued that defences of affirmative action fail, he advances some positive arguments against the practice.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error