South Africa

Publications | August 1, 2021
Economics & Human Rights in South Africa During COVID

In this collaborative series between the Institute for Economic Justice, CESR and SECTION27, we explore the link between economics and human rights during COVID-19 in South Africa.

Blog | August 18, 2020
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | South Africa

Carilee Osborne and Pamela Choga of the Institute for Economic Justice discuss the South African government's inadequate response to COVID-19 and argue for a fundamental economic transformation that ensures human rights.

News and Events | July 16, 2019
South Africa: Is Resource Mobilization Reducing Inequality?

As South Africa presents its review at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York, a rights-based snapshot of obstacles and opportunities is put forward by CESR, the Institute for Economic Justice and Section 27.

Publications | July 16, 2019
South Africa: Is Domestic Resource Mobilization Reducing Inequality?

This factsheet for the 2019 HLPF review suggests that South Africa is not taking the right policy and budgetary steps to reduce inequality, realize social and economic rights and achieve its sustainable development commitments.

Blog | January 24, 2019
Legacies of apartheid: South African austerity perpetuates the inequalities of decades past

The South African government’s  adoption of austerity measures now perpetuates many of the same inequalities that apartheid upheld many years ago.

News and Events | October 30, 2018
South Africa urged to end austerity measures amid "unacceptably high levels of inequality"

Civil society inputs documenting rights deprivations in health, education, tax policies were crucial to CESCR recommendation.

News and Events | October 4, 2018
UN Committee interrogates harmful austerity policies in South Africa after receiving compelling evidence from civil society groups

PRESS RELEASE: The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights grilled the South African government delegation on healthcare and education cuts, regressive tax changes and rampant corruption at country’s first review.

News and Events | October 1, 2018
Civil society organizations urge South Africa to end austerity measures and combat inequality

As South Africa presents its first human rights compliance report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, CSOs call for a human rights-based approach to fiscal and economic policy, steps to tackle corruption and increased funding for healthcare and education.

Publications | October 1, 2018
Austerity in the Midst of Inequality Threatens Human Rights in South Africa

Enjoyment of the rights laid out in the South African Constitution remains elusive for the majority of people. 

Publications, Submissions | September 10, 2018
Joint Submission to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for South Africa’s first period report, 64th Session, October 2018

South Africa submission explores the State's obligation to use “maximum available resources" and argues against austerity.

News and Events | May 18, 2018
Developing human rights indicators for the SDGs in South Africa

May 4: Allison Corkery presented in Johannesburg on the role of national human rights institutions in developing human rights indicators for the SDGs.

News and Events | December 11, 2017
How Data Is Helping in the Struggle for the Right to Education in South Africa

Media: CESR's Allison Corkery writes in Open Society Foundations Voices blog about using OPERA tool with Legal Resources Centre to identify indicators and analyze data for tracking implementation in South African education rights case.

Blog | December 11, 2017
How Data Is Helping in the Struggle for the Right to Education in South Africa

CESR's Allison Corkery writes in Open Society Foundations Voices blog about using OPERA tool with Legal Resources Centre to identify indicators and analyze data for tracking implementation on South African education rights case.

Blog | November 8, 2017
OPERA in South Africa: How Strategic Litigation + Strong Data = Better Implementation

In a new case study, CESR and the Legal Resources Centre reflect on a joint project piloting the use of the OPERA framework to analyze implementation in a case on the right to education in South Africa.

Publications | November 8, 2017
OPERA in Practice: Implementation of Strategic Litigation in South Africa

CESR's OPERA framework tracks South African court's mandate on education rights.

Blog | February 4, 2016
South Africa: court orders task team to tackle school furniture saga

CESR's partners in South Africa have secured a significant breakthrough after a court ordered the Minister of Basic Education to address furniture shortages in Eastern Cape schools.

Blog | December 6, 2013
CESR pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

CESR Board member Geoff Budlender, who served as Director-General of the Department of Land Affairs during Nelson Mandela's presidency, pays tribute to the late South African leader.