Critical socio-economic rights issues: The right to food, social security and enforcement of court orders

On 26 November 2008, the Socio-Economic Rights Project of the Community Law Centre hosted a seminar on ‘critical socio-economic rights issues: The right to food, social security and enforcement of court orders’.

The seminar was intended to engage with participants on the Project’s research that discuss current critical issues in the area of social and economic rights placing a particular focus on the right of access to food, social security and the enforcement of court orders. The seminar looked at how the global economic crisis resulting in increases in food prices affects ordinary peoples’ access to food in South Africa and the role of individuals, government and companies is in this regard.

It also identified pertinent issues including gaps in the current social security framework in South Africa and suggests how these can be addressed. Importantly, the seminar also discussed the strategies necessary to improve the enforcement of court orders as failure to implement court orders has been identified as the “weakest link” in the realisation of social and economic rights in South Africa.

The research outputs that informed the seminar were:

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