South Africa’s Constitution - admired and respected around the world for its pioneering approach to human rights - is the symbol of a remarkable negotiated transition, one that turned a country under apartheid into a modern and peaceful democracy. The Constitution is based on the principle of separation of powers and articulates the values on which the new South Africa has been founded. As such, the Constitution serves as an indispensable basis for democratic governance, national unity, continued freedom and prosperity. Just as in any other nation, it is of critical importance to constantly remind leaders and citizens of the country’s constitutional achievements and to not allow anyone to undermine or threaten any of its values, objectives or democratic provisions.
The Democracy and Dialogue Programme seeks to strengthen institutions and mechanisms that are key to South Africa’s constitutional democracy. The programme further seeks to promote dialogue between civil society, policy makers and other stakeholders with a view to: