ROBERT DOYA NANIMA
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Children’s Rights Project, Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa
Professor and Project Head, Social Economic Rights Project, Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa
Education empowers individuals to develop the skills needed for economic success in order to contribute to nation-building and reconciliation. Following South Africa’s ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, there were mixed reactions on account of the much-anticipated ratification, on the one hand, and the declaration that subjected the right to basic education to the National Education Policy Framework and the available resources, on the other. This article interrogates the efficacy of this declaration in the realisation of the right to basic education in South Africa. It utilises a three-step approach. First, it contextualises the right to education and evaluates the declaration. Secondly, it evaluates selected decisions of the South African courts to establish the trend on the right to basic education. The third step juxtaposes the executive’s and the courts’ approaches from the ratification to date. A conclusion and recommendations inform the way forward.