The question of equality has plagued thoughtful South Africans for decades, from the constitutional drafters in the early 1990s to “fallists”, academics and Zoom attendees of September’s DA policy conference. But different answers have emerged from those who midwifed the constitution, those who formulated and implemented the ANC’s position on equality, those who attended the DA policy conference, and those who dwell among the woke.

The fundamentals concerning equality emerge in the following provisions of the preamble to the constitution: “Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights … in which … every citizen is equally protected by law.” In the founding provisions of chapter one, it is stated that the new order is founded on values that include: “… the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms”. Furthermore, all citizens are equally entitled to the rights, privi...

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