Equality Constitutional Adjudication in South Africa

(2014) 14 AHRLJ 609-632

24 Pages Posted: 25 May 2015

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Anne Smith

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

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Date Written: September 1, 2014


This article focuses on the South African judiciary and, in particular, the South African Constitutional Court’s approach to the adjudication of the equality right in the Bill of Rights during the twenty year period since the official end of apartheid. The article does this by evaluating a necessarily select number of cases dealing with equality that have come before the Constitutional Court to find out whether the Court has consistently adopted a substantive notion of equality in its deliberations, an approach encouraged by the equality clause itself. The article offers some suggestions for both the South African Constitutional and others courts when engaging in equality rights adjudication. The article is a clarion call for the judiciary to adopt a contextual, robust and vigilant approach to equality and other rights adjudication.

Keywords: human rights adjudication; right to equality; substantive equality; equality adjudication; South African Constitution

Suggested Citation

Smith, Anne, Equality Constitutional Adjudication in South Africa (September 1, 2014). (2014) 14 AHRLJ 609-632, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2610025

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