Prof Kate O'Regan, Director, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and a former judge of the South African Constitutional Court, gives a talk for the Africa Oxford Initiative.
South Africa’s transition to democracy in the early 1990s has been much celebrated. Two of the key elements of the transition were the adoption of a new constitution and the establishment of a new Constitutional Court. Now a generation later the constitution remains in force, but given the persistence of racial inequality and disadvantage there are voices questioning whether it is fit for purpose. In her talk, Professor O'Regan, who served as a judge of the Constitutional Court between 1994 and 2009, will discuss some of the main aspects of the Constitution, consider the role the Constitution and the Constitutional Court have played in the last 25 years and assess whether the Constitution is fit for purpose for the years ahead