In March 2021, the South African government submitted a response to the four recommendations that the United Nations Committee on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights (“the Committee”) requested additional information on, in line with its follow-up procedure to its concluding observations.

As civil society organisations, working towards rights realisation in South Africa, we argue that the response does not represent sufficient progress towards realising the Committee’s recommendations. In particular, we draw attention to the Committee’s Recommendation 48(c) to “Ensure those with no or little income between the ages of 18 and 59 have access to social assistance”. Read the submission below.