The constitution

and me today

In the words of the late Adv George Bizos, the Constitution can be your friend. A friend that you can defend, test, challenge and also one you can embrace and celebrate. Here we can help you start the journey of forming a more intimate relationship with the Constitution. And we also invite you to help us build trust in our constitutional democracy.

Help us bring our Constitution alive.

Stories of Today

People across South Africa breathe life into the Constitution every day through challenging injustice. They do this in our courts or by taking their cause to the streets. Some of us write about it, compose music, create art, photography, new inventions and technology. We can also challenge injustice daily in our work. 
Read, listen and watch stories on how the Constitution plays a role in all spheres of our lives today. 

Your voices

What does the Constitution mean to you?

Listen to Ma Joyce Seroke, Justice Edwin Cameron and others from different backgrounds and identities speak on what the Constitution means to them and what ‘We, the People’ can do together to bring the Constitution alive. 

Berkia Banda

Dumisa Ntsebeza

Janine Muthusamy

Edwin Cameron

Joyce Seroke

Leon Wessels

Nolubablo Memese

Mahlatse Hlongani

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We believe that each and every one of us are history-makers, archivists and storytellers. In this spirit, we are requesting materials from you that will enliven and develop the story of our country that is presented here. 

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President Mandela gives his State of the Nation address in Parliament. Mandela ends his address with the words, “Let us all get down to work”.

“We must construct that people-centred society of freedom in such a manner that it guarantees the political and the human rights of all our citizens.”– President Mandela, extract from State of the Nation Address, 24 May 1994

President Nelson Mandela announces his cabinet. It includes members of the African National Congress, National Party and Inkatha Freedom Party.

“There was pride in serving in the first democratic government in South Africa, and then the additional pride of serving under the iconic leadership of Nelson Mandela … [He] represented the hopes of not just our country, but of oppressed, marginalised and the poor in the world.”– Jay Naidoo, then Minister of RDP housing
“We place our vision of a new constitutional order for South Africa on the table not as conquerors, prescribing to the conquered. We speak as fellow citizens to heal the wounds of the past with the intent of constructing a new order based on justice for all.”– President Nelson Mandela, 10 May 1994