- Social Justice in Planning: A Case Study of the eThekwini Municipality IDP    click here to open paper content613 kb
by    Mphambukeli, Thulisile Ncamsile | Mphambukelit@ukzn.ac.za   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
Social justice indicators are a very useful tool that can assist municipalities incorporate social justice in the integrated development planning process. Human rights values should not be violated by planning that aims to empower people.
Confronting notions of social justice within a complex and convoluted process of integrated development planning poses an enormous challenge. In South Africa, as elsewhere, the requirements for incorporating social justice in the Integrated Development Plans are contextually specific. The nature (for example the enactment of laws such as the Apartheid policy that perpetuated white supremacy) and the history of the construction of the injustice (African people for instance internalising subordination imposed on them) that is to be addressed are clearly critical to any analysis of strategies for redress of social injustice through new initiatives for a just society.

The article attempts to examine the incorporation of social justice in the eThekwini Municipality IDP, in Durban, South Africa. The paper presents different notions, understandings and conceptualisation of social justice in South Africa. It also recommends social justice indicators for municipalities so that they can monitor their integrated development approach for inclusion of groups that are marginalised in decision making processes.

From the findings, it was evident that the system of oppression is perpetuated to an extent that the marginalised groups in society are not freed by the IDP process as it creates challenges that does not disallow one to be oppressed. In fact, the paper argues that development plans such as the IDP do not specifically dwell on issues such as the incorporation of social justice in the IDP since they outline broad professional intervention measures which are not related to social justice. Furthermore, the promotion of municipal values, particularly by the eThekwini Municipality, was taken as complete and true for all residents and the researcher argues that municipal values should not be taken as absolute values as this creates a situation where beneficiaries of development become spectators of their development.

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