Affirmative Action: A Comparison between South Africa and the United States

Van Jaarsveld I L (Izelde Louise Van Jaarsveld BIUR (Pret), LLM )LLM (Hull))

Managerial Law

ISSN: 0309-0558

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Discusses principles of equality and justice in order to justify affirmative action and clarify its need. Posits that in both the USA and South Africa, issues of segregation and discrimination are not new and both countries have had the opportunity to address their past policies by way of affirmative action programmes. Looks at what determined the denouncement of the affirmative action in the USA and why the answer to this question may have a great impact on South Africa’s attempt to improve its own affirmative action programmes. Concludes that, although 30 years of affirmative action was deemed unconstitutional, how can South Africa derive and make use of the knowledge gained to help in stopping reverse discrimination.



Jaarsveld I, V. (2000), "Affirmative Action: A Comparison between South Africa and the United States", Managerial Law, Vol. 42 No. 6, pp. 1-48.

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