Landmark court case for domestic workers in South Africa

A new High Court decision could have a major impact on the rights of domestic workers in South Africa, as they will be eligible to claim from the compensation fund if they are injured, contract a disease or die at their place of work.

On Thursday (23 May), the Pretoria High Court found that the exclusion of domestic workers in the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) is unconstitutional.

The issue surrounded the death of a domestic worker who died at her employer’s home during the course of her employment.

It is alleged that the domestic worker, who was partially blind, was washing the top windows outside a bedroom located next to the pool when she slipped from the step ladder on which she was standing and fell into the pool – which was unfenced and uncovered at the time.

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