SA has one of the most progressive and advanced constitutions in the world. It was the consequence of the combined wisdom and diverse experience of the lawyers and politicians who drafted it after the shackles of apartheid were removed. It was the first constitution in the world to include social and economic rights as justiciable rights. These rights include the right of access to housing, healthcare and education. They were included in recognition that what the majority of our people need and want is income to allow them and their families to enjoy sufficient food to eat, have a roof over their heads and have their children educated. These second-generation rights are as important to the majority of our people as those first-generation human rights relating to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and freedom from unlawful arrest. Consequently, and as a major innovation, the second-generation rights are justiciable under our Constitution. By the same token, the rights granted...

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