oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - The role of third parties contracted by government in realising the right to access housing in South Africa : legislative and policy reform - feature

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



The right of access to adequate housing is recognised as a basic human right under Section 26 of the South African Constitution (the Constitution). In the celebrated case of Government of the Republic of South Africa and Others v Grootboom and Others 2001 (1) SA 46 (CC), it was noted that the right to housing is about more than bricks and mortar: it includes people living in dignity, security and peace.

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