n Law, Democracy & Development - The public finance implications of recent socio-economic rights judgments

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



Decades of apartheid denied the majority of South Africans human dignity and access to basic social and economic services. The legacy of poverty and inequality remains a major challenge for the country. Government's commitment to redressing the high levels of inequity and social injustice is enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa with explicit provisions for socio-economic rights. Chapter 2 of the Constitution more specifically, sections 26, 27 and 28 - imposes obligations on all spheres of government to progressively realise socio-economic rights.

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