CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE CONSTITUTION

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This year’s marks the 20th anniversary of the South African Constitution. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. No other law or government action can supersede the provisions of the Constitution. South Africa’s Constitution is one of the most progressive in the world and enjoys high acclaim internationally.

Our Constitution sets out how all the elements of government are organized and contains rules about what power is wielded, who wields it and over whom it is wielded in the governing of a country.

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD) lead South Africans in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Constitution.

The SA Embassy celebrated 20 years of the South African Constitution on April 25th,2014 at the Ibis Hotel.

BACKGROUND

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The Constitution was signed into law by former President Nelson Mandela in Sharpeville on 10 December 1996 and came into operation on 4 February 1997 lexapro dosage.

The signing of the Constitution in Sharpville was a commemorative gesture in remembrance of the people who died during a peaceful demonstration against the vicious pass laws on 21 March1960. As President Mandela described it, the signing of the Constitution in Sharpville marked the closure of a chapter of exclusion and a reaffirmation of our determination to build a society of which all of us can be proud.

The drafting of the Constitution culminated from protracted deliberations and negotiations between various political parties and interest groups in South Africa. It was subjected to pensive scrutiny by the Constitutional Court, which was established in terms of the 1993 interim Constitution.

The signed Constitution came into operation on 4 February 1997 and has since then drastically transformed the legal, political, social and economic landscape of the country.

A Constitution is a body of fundamental principles according to which a State is to be governed. In South Africa, the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and all other pieces of legislation must align with its provisions.

It provides the legal foundation for the existence of the Republic, sets out the rights, rights and duties of its citizens, and defines the structure of the government, among others.

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