The South African Constitution and Bill of Rights


In 1994, after decades of living under an apartheid government, the first democratic election was held in South Africa. For the first time South Africa could call itself a democracy because everyone who was a citizen of South Africa could vote in the elections. The Constitutional Assembly was constituted with the task of drawing up a Constitution to represent the interests and needs of all the people of South Africa. Included in the Constitution was a Bill of Rights which gives people rights and responsibilities.


History of Constitutions in South Africa

Summary of the South African Constitution

Human Rights

  • Indivisibility of rights
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Conflicts in rights

Summary of the Bill of Rights

Protecting human rights