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oa Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe - Lesse te leer vir die grondwetlike beregting van die reg op toegang tot voldoende voedsel : regte

 

Abstract

Artikel 27(1)(b) van die Grondwet bepaal dat elkeen die reg op toegang tot voldoende voedsel het. Artikel 27(2) kwalifiseer sodanige reg deur die verpligtinge van die staat in hierdie verband te spesifiseer, naamlik dat die staat redelike wetgewende en ander maatreëls moet tref om hierdie reg in 'n toenemende mate te verwesenlik. Tot op datum het die konstitusionele hof nog nie die geleentheid gehad om die reg op toegang tot voldoende voedsel (soos verskans artikel 27(1)(b), tesame met artikel 27(2)) as alleenstaande reg te interpreteer nie. Gevolglik word daar kortliks in hierdie bydrae gekyk hoe die konstitusionele hof reeds ander sosio-ekonomiese regte (soos die reg op toegang tot voldoende water, geskikte behuising en mediese sorg) bereg het, ten einde 'n voorspelling te maak van hoe die hof die reg op toegang tot voldoende voedsel moontlik sal interpreteer.


Section 27(1) of the Constitution states that everyone has the right to have access to sufficient food and water. Section 27(2), however, qualifies this right by specifying the state's duties in this regard, namely to take reasonable legislative and other measures in order to progressively realise the right. To date, the Constitutional Court has not yet had the opportunity to interpret the right to have access to sufficient food as a self-standing right. Consequently this article builds upon the arguments (posed mainly by Sibonile Khoza and Danie Brand) that due to the textual similarities between the right of access to adequate food and other qualified socio-economic rights entrenched in the Constitution, the constitutional court, when given the opportunity to interpret the right to have access to sufficient food, will most likely follow the same interpretation and jurisprudential approach that was followed in interpreting other qualified socio-economic rights. Other socio-economic rights include: (a) the right to have access to adequate housing (section 26(1)); (b) the right to have access to health care services (section 27(1)(a)); (c) the right to have access to social security (section 27(1)(c)); and (d) the right to have access to sufficient water (section 27(1)(b)).

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2016-12-09
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