Adequate Housing is an Intrinsic Human Right.
Access to adequate housing is intrinsically linked to a number of other cross cutting Human rights. These include rights such as the right to public participation, equality, human dignity, and access to information.
The link between the right to adequate housing and other human rights was aptly articulated by Joe Slovo, the first Minister of Housing in post-apartheid South Africa, who at the Botshabelo Accord noted that:
“(The South African) Government strives for the establishment of viable, socially and economically integrated communities which are situated in areas allowing convenient access to economic opportunities, health, educational and social amenities and within which South Africa’s people will have access on a progressive basis to: a permanent residential structure with secure tenure, ensuring privacy and providing adequate protection against the elements; portable water and adequate sanitary facilities including waste disposal and domestic electricity supply.”