The Effect of Constitutionally Enshrined Socio-Economic Rights on the Indigent in Society

  • Michael Wellbeloved

Abstract

In recent years there has been a trend toward the inclusion of socio-economic rights as a real and justiciable basis for action. These rights are generally applied to address the problems of societies that have historically marginalised sectors in the communities. There are entire classes of indigent people throughout the world who can benefit from concrete rights that address specific social needs. Two such classes of people can be found in South Africa and India. But there is a difference in the nature of the implementation of the rights in question in the two jurisdictions.


This article identifies the impoverished people of India and South Africa as a marginalised group. The unifying factor between these two discrete groups lies in the fact that they both have constitutions that provide for socio-economic rights. By extension, the group’s historic disenfranchisement seen in the caste system and colonial rule in India and the Apartheid system in South Africa should be addressed by the provision of certain social necessities such as housing, water and health care.

Published
May 1, 2014
How to Cite
WELLBELOVED, Michael. The Effect of Constitutionally Enshrined Socio-Economic Rights on the Indigent in Society. Inkundla, [S.l.], may 2014. Available at: <https://inkundlajournal.org/index.php/inkundla/article/view/22>. Date accessed: 09 aug. 2022.
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