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We, The People

On February 3 1997, the South African Constitution came into effect. That means it celebrates its 15th birthday this year. While our constitution is generally considered to be the most advanced in the world, few South Africans truly understand what is actually in the document that is the bedrock of our democracy. We often talk about the constitution in the abstract sense, without thinking about its relevance to the practicalities of every day life.

To celebrate, We The People, an initiative of Media Monitoring Africa, is asking people to declare their love for the Constitution.

Please visit their website (link below) to take part in this campaign.

http://www.wethepeople.org.za/

Why does Ruth Bader Ginsburg like the South African constitution so much?

“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a Constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the Constitution of South Africa,” says Ginsburg, whom President Clinton nominated to the court in 1993. “That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, had an independent judiciary. … It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done. Much more recent than the U.S. Constitution.”

NewsShaun Benater