19 February 2019

South Africa: UN Committee Finds Austerity Measures Implemented in SA 'May Further Worsen Inequalities'

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The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has called for more inclusive economic policies and a review of fiscal policy to enable the government to meet its constitutional and international human rights obligations. But is Tito Mboweni willing to take a tip based on international law? Sadly, it seems unlikely.

It is a cruel quirk of history that 1948, the year when DF Malan and his cronies began ushering in a system of legalised racism in South Africa, was the same year the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration was a forward-looking document that imagined a world order where all human beings were regarded as being "born equal in dignity and rights". Apartheid, by contrast, was a system that built walls rather than broke them down and which looked back to the heyday of colonialism -- where white was right and freedom a privilege.

Not surprisingly, on that auspicious December day in Paris, South Africa was one of the few governments to abstain from voting for the declaration.

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