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Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No. 55 of 1998)

Code of Good Practice

Employment of Persons with Disabilities

4. Legal framework and guiding principles


The Code is issued in terms of section 54(1)(a) of the Act and is based on the Constitutional principle that no one may unfairly discriminate against a person on the grounds of disability.


Key guiding principles of the Code2

(a) Human rights and the respect for inherent dignity;
(b) Independence and autonomy of individuals;
(c) Non-discrimination;
(d) Effective participation and inclusion in society;
(e) Respect for difference and diversity;
(f) Equality of opportunity; including equitable representation;
(g) Accessibility;
(h) Gender equality;
(i) Mainstreaming; and
(j) Health and safety.




2 Adapted from Article 3 on general principles from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2007.