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solidariteitBusinessLive reports that the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has ruled racial quotas for the appointment of insolvency practitioners are unconstitutional and irrational.  

The ruling was brought before the court by the Justice Minister and the Master of the Supreme Court.  Trade union Solidarity and others were the respondents.  At issue was a policy determining the appointment of insolvency practitioners published in the Government Gazette in February 2014.  According to the policy, 40% of appointments would go to African, coloured, Indian and Chinese women, 30% to African, coloured, Indian and Chinese men; 20% to white women; and 10% to white men.  In 2015, the High Court in Cape Town ruled in favour of Solidarity and declared the policy unconstitutional and invalid.  According to Solidarity CE Dirk Hermann, the ruling was of "key directional importance for SA as far as transformation and equality are concerned".

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