The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development invites the public to comment on the proposed amendments to PEPUDA, the Promotion of Equality and the Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.
The amendments deal with two key elements:
• The prevention of unfair discrimination;
• The promotion of equality.
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 Discrimination Act, 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.
We will also inform you of opportunities – as part of the democratic process – where you can become involved to oppose this Amendment Bill to make sure that your voice is heard and your views are taken into account.