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Negotiating the Constitution (Part Two)

South Africa’s Constitution is lauded as one of the most democratic in the world, but it took years of painstaking negotiations to deliver. In December 1991 the first Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) was held at the World Trade Centre in Johannesburg. The second CODESA, which would take place just a few short […]

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. The previous three versions were adopted in 1910, 1961 and 1983 […]