JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Pretoria has handed down a ruling that the exclusion of domestic workers in the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) is unconstitutional, the United Domestic Workers of South Africa (UDWOSA) said on Friday.
This comes after Maria Mahlangu’s family were told they could not be compensated as Mahlangu’s dependants because domestic workers were excluded from the benefits of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act No. 130 of 1993 (COIDA).
Mahlangu had been a domestic worker for two decades when she drowned in her employer’s pool. She was employed by a family for 22 years.
But when she died, they offered her daughter, Bongi Mahlangu, R5 000 as compensation.
The co-founder of the United Domestic Workers of South Africa (UDWOSA) Pinky Langa, said the exclusion of domestic workers from COIDA was essentially about the exclusion of and disregard for the value of domestic labour and the dignity and rights of workers, who were predominantly women.