Much has been achieved in the two decades of our hard-won democracy. The South African government allocates a high percentage of our GDP to health, education, housing and welfare. Yet, the poverty and inequality gap is wider than ever, and our democracy is under threat from:
- Widespread corruption;
- Poor management and a lack of accountability;
- Concerns around the independence of the judiciary;
- Poor service delivery;
- Increasing popular protests.
An engaged and active civil society, spearheaded by social justice organisations, is crucial. Ultimately it is these social justice projects that reduce levels of inequality, improve service delivery and ensure that poor communities are afforded the dignity the Constitution envisions.