Constitutional Law & Civil Rights


News, case law and analyses which examine constitutional law, civil rights and human rights. The Constitution forms the basis of a democratic nation and the legal foundation for the existence of the Republic of South Africa. It sets out the rights and duties of the citizens and the government.
The Bill of Rights, Section 2 of the South African Constitution, is the highest law in the country and the protection of the rights contained therein are given maximum priority by our courts. The Human Rights Commission was set up to promote awareness of human rights and to foster development and equality in South Africa.


Damages award three decades later
Damages award three decades later

In one of the most unusual decisions yet to come out of Kenya’s Constitutional Court division, Judge Chacha Mwita has upheld a claim by a former member of that country’s defence force, that he was unlawfully detained for more than four years until 1986. The court…
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