The African Christian Democratic Party has noted with concern the directive issued by the department of employment and labour recently – which affords employers discretion to make vaccination compulsory in the workplace. We maintain that this directive will open the floodgates for the violation of fundamental constitutional rights of employees, particularly those who object to vaccinations on medical and religious grounds.
Listen to our Deputy President, Wayne Thing, explain why this directive is untenable.
The ACDP views the PEPUDA Amendment Bill as one of the greatest threats to religious freedom and calls on all God-fearing South Africans to oppose it.
The Amendment Bill seeks to address weaknesses in the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair DiscriminationAct, 4 of 2000 (PEPUDA or “the Equality Act”). However, in the process it:
• significantly broadens the definitions of “discrimination” and “equality” found in the Act;
• seeks to extend the scope of the prohibition of unfair discrimination; and
• provides for “joint and several liability”. This means that employers will be liable for the discriminatory actions of their employees, even if the employer did not know about it and even if the employee did not act intentionally.
Can a small party like the ACDP make a difference? Here we list a number of notable achievements of the party affecting the lives of South Africans in many different spheres.
“The voice of the people of South Africa must not only be heard but be seen to be heard — we in the ACDP have heard you and are grateful for the opportunity to work with you in making South Africa an even more caring and humane society.” — Cheryllyn Dudley
The ACDP has over the years worked on legislation and oversight of the implementation of that legislation — challenging offending clauses and arguing for restraint and creative thinking on issues in many areas, including basic and higher education, safety and security, trade and industry, agriculture and land, minerals and energy, international relations, health, social development, finance, justice and constitutional affairs, private members’ bills, water and environmental affairs, public enterprises and much more.
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