25th Anniversary of the Constitution

PreambleThe year 2021 marks a major milestone in the life of the South African nation; it marks the 25th Anniversary of the adoption of our country’s democratic Constitution.

On 27 April 2021, the President announced to the nation that the country will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Constitution. This follows Cabinet’s approval of the commemorative programme led by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. Government as a whole, as well as civil society and communities at large will take the opportunity and collaborate to mark the occasion.

The commemoration of the anniversary will also be used to promote a common vision for unity in diversity, and strengthen the culture of respect for human rights and the rule of law in South Africa.

Human Rights 2021South Africa’s Constitution is one of the most internationally acclaimed constitutions in the world. It is widely acknowledged not only as one of the most progressive constitutions, but also as a transformative constitution with its primary concern being to facilitate change in political, economic and social relations in South Africa.

  • Former President, Nelson Mandela, signed the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa into law in Sharpeville, Gauteng on 10 December 1996.
  • The signing of the Constitution in Sharpeville was a commemorative gesture in remembrance of the people who died during a peaceful demonstration against the vicious pass laws on 21 March 1960.  
  • 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.  

Government as a whole and civil society including the communities at large should be encouraged to take the opportunity and collaborate to mark the occasion.

Speeches and Statements

 

Videos

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Ronald Lamola, hosted a webinar to mark the 25th anniversary of the Constitution being signed into law on 10 December 2021 via ZOOM. The webinar also marked the International Human Rights Day on Friday, 10 December 2021. The theme for the webinar was “The Constitution as catalyst for achievement of Equality.”

This webinar was graced by the participation of amongst others, the former Constitutional Court Judge Albie Sachs, Mr Sello Hatang from the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Ms Abigail Noko from the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights, Ms Steve Letsike from Chapter 2 and Adv Bongani Majola from the South African Human Rights Commission.

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Ronald Lamola, hosted a webinar to mark the 25th anniversary of the Constitution, to be observed under the theme: “Deepening Constitutionalism, Respect for Rule of Law and the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights”, on 30 July 2021, from 09h00-12h15 via Zoom.