Despite his 13 years of experience as a voluntary fire fighter, Stuart Murdoch’s application to become a professional member of the fire brigade in his home town
of Fish Hoek, South Africa was rejected – because he had type 1 diabetes. Upon hearing of his employers’ decision to discriminate against him on the grounds of his condition, Stuart felt indignant and deflated; but he was not defeated. This is his account of how his successful struggle against ignorance and discrimination changed the law for people with diabetes in South Africa.
fire fighter, South Africa, Cape Town, discrimination, legal case