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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 […]

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 […]

Today in History

On this day, 26th November 1988, Harry Gwala was unconditionally released into the care and supervision of his daughter, Lulu. Gwala had been serving a life sentence after being found guilty of treason. His release ended the nearly 23 years he spent in prisons, of which 19 were spent at Robben Island. The release of […]