Roundtable 1 – Politics of the Rule of Law

Our inaugural We, the People Roundtable titled “Politics of the Rule of Law” took place on 25 March 2021. The guests at our table included two former Constitutional Court judges, a law professor, a political commentator and an audience of ordinary South Africans who wanted to understand the true meaning of the rule of law. Together we inquired how we can hold our public officials accountable, how we can strengthen the rule of law, and how we can navigate the delicate balance of alternative forms of justice such as the Truth and Reconciliation and the rule of law.
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President Mandela gives his State of the Nation address in Parliament. Mandela ends his address with the words, “Let us all get down to work”.

“We must construct that people-centred society of freedom in such a manner that it guarantees the political and the human rights of all our citizens.”– President Mandela, extract from State of the Nation Address, 24 May 1994

President Nelson Mandela announces his cabinet. It includes members of the African National Congress, National Party and Inkatha Freedom Party.

“There was pride in serving in the first democratic government in South Africa, and then the additional pride of serving under the iconic leadership of Nelson Mandela … [He] represented the hopes of not just our country, but of oppressed, marginalised and the poor in the world.”– Jay Naidoo, then Minister of RDP housing
“We place our vision of a new constitutional order for South Africa on the table not as conquerors, prescribing to the conquered. We speak as fellow citizens to heal the wounds of the past with the intent of constructing a new order based on justice for all.”– President Nelson Mandela, 10 May 1994