A critical appraisal of Western Cape forum for intellectual disability v government of the Republic of South Africa 2011 5 SA 87 (WCC)
KeywordsConstitution of the Republic of South Africa
Right to basic education
Rights of persons with disabilities
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AbstractAs this is a nation riddled with a history of inequality, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa is a sign-post to what one hopes is an end destination of inclusivity. Post-1994 the new democratic government faced the challenge of reversing the entrenched marginalisation not only of non-white citizens but also of persons with disabilities. The Apartheid government had tailored society, especially the education system, to abled-bodied persons. Accommodative and inclusionary policies were weak and reserved only for children belonging to the privileged minority. The new Bill of Rights clearly decries the continuance of this "ablism" -bias - Section 9 prohibits discrimination based on disability (an expressly listed ground) and section 26 offers an unqualified guarantee of the right to basic education.
Kruger, P 2015, 'A critical appraisal of Western Cape forum for Intellectual Disability v Government of the Republic of South Africa 2011 5 SA 87 (WCC)', Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 756-773.