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Negotiating the Constitution (Part Three)

Despite the many years of arduous negotiations and the final Constitution initially being rejected by the Constitutional Court, the process of drafting South Africa’s Constitution is generally considered to have been an overwhelming success. It is often said that the key to effective change is the active participation of the parties involved, and in this regard […]

Negotiating the Constitution (Part One)

Cyril Ramaphosa, Nelson Mandela and Jacob Zuma, CODESA, December 1991

As we celebrate Human Rights Day tomorrow, it seems an appropriate time to examine the very document that forms the core of South Africa’s democracy, and the protection of its citizens, our Constitution. The Constitution of South Africa is currently in its fourth incarnation, with the previous three constitutions being adopted in 1910, 1961 and […]

The Freedom Charter

Human Rights Day, which takes place tomorrow in South Africa, is both a commemoration and a celebration. We commemorate the dozens of people who lost their lives at Sharpeville on the 21st March 1960, and the countless others who died fighting for liberation during apartheid, and we celebrate how far we have come as a […]

Slumboy from the Golden City

Paul Joseph and his comrades released from prison following the 1960 Sharpeville massacre

If you happen to find yourself in Johannesburg this weekend, then try and find the time to make your way down to the Apartheid Museum. While this world class museum is worth a visit in itself, tomorrow they will be hosting the book launch of Paul Joseph’s memoir, Slumboy from the Golden City. As a […]

Gerald Patrick Kearney: 28th August 1942-23rd November 2018

Paddy Kearney

This past year we have celebrated the lives of some of our country’s greatest leaders, and we end off the year commemorating the life of yet another fallen comrade, Paddy Kearney, who passed away unexpectedly last month. Paddy Kearney was an unassuming individual whose peaceful demeanour disguised the strength of will and character that served him […]