by Kelle Howson and Neil Coleman
The Institute for Economic Justice
On 27 July 2023, a group of civil society organizations in South Africa launched a major social security litigation that has the South African government’s Ministry of Social Development and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) as its respondents. The action aims to advance the constitutional right to social assistance for all, by compelling the government to address serious issues of exclusion and erosion in a vital pandemic-era cash transfer scheme.
The litigation is part of broader efforts to secure a universal basic income in South Africa.