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Solidarity wins appeal in SAA cadet programme matter

This finding reverses the previous one which found that the programme did not appear to be unlawful.

South African Airways plane. Picture: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity has won its appeal to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) regarding the exclusion of white males from South African Airways (SAA) cadet programme.

This finding reverses the previous one which found that the programme did not appear to be unlawful.

Solidarity argued that SAA’s programme was not flexible and represented a rigid quota system, while the SAHRC contended that affirmative action must promote social cohesion and not deepen division.

Although the programme has since been cancelled, the commission believes it was in the public interest that the merits of the case were dealt with.

The union’s Johan Kruger says: “Solidarity is of the opinion that SAA has been found guilty of unfair racial discrimination through this appeal. The basic requirements for human rights didn’t pass the test.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)