12 October 2018

South Africa: Basic Education - SA Still Struggles to Fulfil a Rights Covenant Mandela Signed in 1994


In 1994 President Mandela signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, signalling South Africa's commitment to fulfilling and protecting fundamental human rights in the post-apartheid era. While South Africa signed the covenant in 1994, it was only in 2015 that the country ratified it -- committing to align its domestic laws with the requirements of the covenant. One of these rights is basic education.

In the last month, South Africa has spent much time showcasing itself on the international arena. In the past three weeks alone, President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled a grand statue of Nelson Mandela at the UN Headquarters in New York, and later made his debut address before the UN General Assembly, where he spoke admirably of Mandela's leadership.

A week later, once again before the UN in Geneva, President Ramaphosa's government had to speak about South Africa's record on its realisation of socio-economic rights since the advent of democracy. While Ramaphosa's debut speech before the General Assembly celebrated Madiba's legacy, the conversations that emerged in Geneva suggested that South Africa is quite far from realising the...

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