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Affirmative Action in South Africa: Transformation or Tokenism?

Penelope E Andrews

This chapter addresses the issue of affirmative action in the newly democratic South Africa. It outlines the relatively easy adoption of affirmative action as principle and policy by the government, despite the likelihood that specific programs of affirmative action were likely to generate particular problems. The chapter locates affirmative action as part of the overall agenda of transformation. It argues that, although racial identity was in the past utilised in the most opportunistic and pernicious ways by successive apartheid governments, the use of racial identity to further the aims of affirmative action will not contradict the present government’s commitment to a non-racial democracy.

(1998) 15(2) Law in Context 80

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