Is opposition to basic income support for vulnerable adults informed by evidence or ideology?

Is opposition to basic income support for vulnerable adults informed by evidence or ideology?

The author argues that ideology is a frequent discriminatory stumbling block that fuels opposition to basic income support for millions of South Africans. (Photo: Adobestock) The recent ‘leaking’ of a President’s Economic Advisory Council note arguing against basic income support for millions of South Africans raises many questions about whether this is really a debate about technical constraints or one that is ideological — with technical considerations largely irrelevant.

For over two decades, pretty much the same thinking has dominated economic policy in South Africa — with what appears to be a perpetuation of poor economic and social […]

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