Call for comment: Promotion of Equality and the Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Amendment Bill1 min read
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has published the Promotion of Equality and the Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Amendment Bill for public comment.
The proposed amendments seek to address weaknesses in the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000 and further strengthen its ability to prevent discrimination and promote equality in South Africa.
The Bill aims to improve the protection of complainants from discrimination by broadening the definition of “equality” and “discrimination”. The Bill further extends the scope of the prohibition of unfair discrimination to “any person who causes, encourages or requests another person to discriminate against others”.
Additional amendments include the introduction of a clause prohibiting relation; amending the duties and responsibilities of the State, public bodies and all other persons relating to the promotion of equality; and criminalising the intentional submission of false information by any person required to provide information in terms of the Act.
Comments can be emailed to [email protected] by no later than Wednesday, 12 May 2021.
The call for comment can be accessed here.
The Promotion of Equality and the Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Amendment Bill can be accessed here.
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