Disaf­fir­ma­tive action

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WHAT HAP­PENED THE UR­GENCY with which ill-con­sid­ered af­fir­ma­tive action must be cor­rected again re­ceived con­sid­er­able me­dia at­ten­tion, fol­low­ing the Ap­peal Court’s sober judg­ment in the case of Martin Gor­don and the Depart­ment of Health in KwaZu­luNatal. Pa­pers again stressed the huge skills short­ages in SA, which called for the ju­di­cious ap­pli­ca­tion of af­fir­ma­tive action. BEELD said af­fir­ma­tive action ap­point­ments in the pub­lic ser­vice never sim­ply meant peo­ple should just be given jobs on the ba­sis of race. If that had been the case, at­tributes such as ex­pe­ri­ence, knowl­edge and skill could sim­ply have been ig­nored. The Week­ender said that SA’s skills short­ages are so se­vere that the coun­try must re­frain from any leg­is­la­tion or action that could ag­gra­vate the short­ages.

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