n South African Journal on Human Rights - Challenges to public interest litigation in South Africa : external and internal challenges to determining the public interest : current developments / case notes

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-7203



It is difficult to speak of public interest litigation in South Africa without referring to the country's remarkable political and legal transformation of the past 16 years. The courts have played an important role in ensuring that the political rights achieved at that time are maintained and developed. Although the new political dispensation has become a way of life, social change and transformation have been much slower. For most South Africans, the promise of democracy has not brought about the expected social benefits, leading to disillusionment and dissatisfaction with the current government's inability to eradicate the huge social and economic gap. Increasingly, these communities are becoming active in expressing their dissent. Public interest litigation has become a useful tool to complement political mobilisation.

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