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Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 2000 (Act No. 4 of 2000)

Chapter 1 : Definitions, Objects, Interpretation, Guiding Principles and Application of Act

2. Objects of Act


The objects of this Act are-

a) to enact legislation required by section 9 of the Constitution;
b) to give effect to the letter and spirit of the Constitution, in particular-
i) the equal enjoyment of all rights and freedoms by every person;
ii) the promotion of equality;
iii) the values of non-racialism and non-sexism contained in section 1 of the Constitution;
iv) the prevention of unfair discrimination and protection of human dignity as contemplated in sections 9 and 10 of the Constitution;
v) the prohibition of advocacy of hatred, based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, that constitutes incitement to cause harm as contemplated in section 16(2)(c) of the Constitution and section 12 of this Act;
c) to provide for measures to facilitate the eradication of unfair discrimination, hate speech and harassment, particularly on the grounds of race, gender and disability;
d) to provide for procedures for the determination of circumstances under which discrimination is unfair;
e) to provide for measures to educate the public and raise public awareness on the importance of promoting equality and overcoming unfair discrimination, hate speech and harassment;
f) to provide remedies for victims of unfair discrimination, hate speech and harassment and persons whose right to equality has been infringed;
g) to set out measures to advance persons disadvantaged by unfair discrimination;
h) to facilitate further compliance with international law obligations including treaty obligations in terms of, amongst others, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.