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Colour discrimination against persons with albinism in South Africa

Maureen Mswela, Melodie Nöthling-Slabbert

Abstract


This article explores issues relating to discrimination against persons living with albinism, against the background of colour discrimination. It also addresses calls for ‘colourism’ to be recognised as a distinct form of discrimination. Although colour as grounds for discrimination is prohibited in the equality clause of the Constitution, it is conventionally grouped with race and ethnicity when unfair discrimination is interpreted. We argue that discrimination against persons living with albinism should be possible based on colour as a prohibited ground, independent from race or ethnic considerations.


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Maureen Mswela, Department of Jurisprudence, School of Law, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

Melodie Nöthling-Slabbert, Department of Jurisprudence, School of Law, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

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Keywords

Albinism; Discrimination; Equality, Colour discrimination

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South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2013;6(1):25-27. DOI:10.7196/SAJBL.236

Article History

Date submitted: 2012-09-27
Date published: 2013-06-21

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