Volume: Volume 7(1) - 2003
Article type: Refereed article
Author/s: Brand, Danie
Danie Brand considers the application of certain of the principles enunciated in recent Constitutional Court jurisprudence on socio-economic rights to policies aimed at the realisation of the right to food. On the basis of a review of current policies, the author concludes that government's current response to food insecurity is potentially unconstitutional because it does not constitute a comprehensive response to the needs of a large number of people in South Africa.
The author suggests the introduction of a basic income grant, or the extension of existing social security grants, as possible ways to address the problem of food insecurity.