Democracy And The Anc Of South Africa

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Democracy and The ANC

“We the people of South Africa, recognise the injustices of our past;
Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land;
Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and
Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.
We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this constitution as the supreme law of the Republic…” (Preamble to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996).

South Africa’s past is one that is rooted in inequalities and injustices; racism and subjugation. Our Constitution was promulgated into law by South Africa’s first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela, twenty years ago in 1996.
It is considered to be a Constitution second to none in the world. Our Bill of Rights, which was drafted taking very careful consideration of our country’s painful non-democratic history, is widely regarded as a document that is a global standard of human rights. The South African constitution was drawn up through an extensive multi-party negotiation process. The result of this process was a cohesive, highly influential document. Initially declared as our country’s Interim Constitution in 1993, this document allowed for all South Africans to make the transition from apartheid to democracy. Post the country’s watershed democratic elections in April 1994, the Interim Constitution was taken through a further consultative process involving the public

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