Bill of rights in the South African Constitution

Bill of rights in the South African Constitution

 

Bill of rights in the South African Constitution

 

 

The South African Constitution was inaugurated in December 1996. Its creation and promulgation took place at a time when South Africa still faced the threat of a civil war after the dissolution of the Apartheid government. The South African Constitution says that its “Bill of Rights is a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa”. It forbids discrimination on the grounds of “race, gender, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth”. It grants perhaps the most extensive range of rights to the citizens. A special constitutional court enforces the rights enshrined in the constitution.

Some of the Rights included in the constitution of South Africa include:

  • Right to Dignity
  • Right to Privacy
  • Right to fair labour practices
  • Right to healthy environment and right to protection of environment
  • Right to adequate housing
  • Right to health care, food, water and social security
  • Children’s rights
  • Right to basic and higher education
  • Right of cultural, religious and linguistic communities
  • Right to information
 
 

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