Government must implement court decisions

CATEGORY: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery
DATE: 3 November 2017
AUTHOR: SA News

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development’s Report on the Impact of Court Decisions on Achieving Socio-Economic Rights has revealed that while courts are doing their part, government stakeholders need to pull their weight.

The assessment report delivered by Minister Michael Masutha on Friday in Tshwane, looked into the impact of decisions taken by the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) and how they affect the transformation of society.

Briefing reporters at the Tshedimosetso House, Minister Masutha emphasised the achievement of socio-economic rights such as access to services like housing, water, sanitation, electricity, health and education. 

“While the courts have an opportunity to give a deeper analysis of the implications of the constitutional obligations in honouring socio-economic rights, the courts alone do not carry sole responsibility, and cannot possibly give full effect to the objectives. It is a collective responsibility, parliaments has to make the laws and the executive has a duty to implement all those laws and policies,” said Minister Masutha.

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