Incy wincy spider went climbing up again – prospects for constitutional (re)interpretation of section 28(1)(c) of the South African Constitution in the next decade of democracy
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INTRODUCTION: This article reviews the first decade of jurisprudence concerning interpretation of the rights enumerated in s 28(1)(c) of the Constitution of South Africa (the Constitution), commonly referred to as the children’s socio-economic rights clause. Three broad trends are identified, which in the main have resulted in a far more limited scope of application of these rights than was originally anticipated. In addition, affirming existing jurisprudence in relation to socio-economic rights generally, dicta of the Constitutional Court signal clearly that the Court is not going to be persuaded to accept or define a minimum core content to elaborate the scope of individual socio-economic rights a d the concomitant extent of the State obligations in respect thereof .