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


Chapter 1