By Gary Pienaar, Narnia Bohler-Muller and Michael Cosser
The question to be answered by Parliament when it scrutinises the government’s Budget is whether the Budget Speech and the Budget Review meet the required standard that substantive regressions in the realisation of socioeconomic rights must be ‘fully justified’. Resource constraints alone cannot justify inaction or regression when the full context of the Budget is relevant. Advocate Gary Pienaar is a Senior Research Manager in the Developmental, Capable and Ethical State research division at the Human Sciences Research Council, Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller is the Divisional Executive and Dr Michael Cosser is a Chief Research Specialist in the same division.
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