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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

3. Interpretation of Act


1) Any person applying this Act must interpret its provisions to give effect to-
a) the Constitution, the provisions of which include the promotion of equality through legislative and other measures designed to protect or advance persons disadvantaged by past and present unfair discrimination;
b) the Preamble, the objects and guiding principles of this Act, thereby fulfilling the spirit, purport and objects of this Act.


2) Any person interpreting this Act may be mindful of-
a) any relevant law or code of practice in terms of a law;
b) international law, particularly the international agreements referred to in section 2 and customary international law;
c) comparable foreign law.


3) Any person applying or interpreting this Act must take into account the context of the dispute and the purpose of this Act.