Some of the other personal collections

Albie Sachs Collection

Albie Sachs was the rapporteur for the ANC’s Constitution Committee founded by Oliver Tambo in Lusaka in 1986. The collection from this period in exile includes his personal notes, correspondence and early drafts of the Constitutional Guidelines produced at an ANC in-house seminar in 1988. After his return from exile, he was elected to the National Executive of the ANC and took an active part in CODESA and the NMNP at Kempton Park. The collection from this period includes documents from socio-legal workshops organised by the ANC and documents produced during the negotiations process. Samples of the collection are embedded in the story of the online exhibition.  The full collection including film interviews about the documents will be available in the searchable digital archival repository at a later date.  The physical collection is housed at the Mayibuye Centre at the University of the Western Cape.

The Edward Shalala and Synnøve Skjelten Constitutional Assembly Public Participation Programme (PPP) Collection

This collection comprises Edward Shalala’s papers he gathered from his role as the head of the Constitutional Assembly’s Community Liaison Department (CLD) from September 1994 to May 1996. The CLD developed the CA’s Public Participation Programme (PPP) to ensure broad-based input into the Constitution. This collection provides insights into structures, processes and work of the PPP. This collection also includes Synnøve Skjelten’s research into public participation and miscellaneous materials associated with the democratic transition

The album of the Constitutional Assembly

This album was produced by the official photographer of the CA, Subash Jeram, as part of the general media records. The official album was placed in the National Archives. This copy of the album, which includes Jeram’s business card in the cover, is a duplicate copy that was given to the Executive Director of the CA, Hassen Ebrahim. Jeram created the labels in the album. Hassen Ebrahim generously shared the album to be part of this archive.

Constitutional Court Oral History Project (CCOHP)

The “Audible Legacy” Project comprising of 86 interviews, aimed to capture the memories and experiences of the people involved in the formative stages of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. Their memories, recorded in comprehensive, reliable, and accessible form is a record of how an abstract constitutional ideal was converted into a functioning constitutional organism. The interviews were conducted in 2011 and 2012 and were submitted by the Constitutional Court Trust in digital format. The transcripts can be accessed through this inventory from where they can be downloaded in PDF format. The audio recordings of the interviews are accessible at the Historical Papers Research Archive in Mp3 format. 

The Constitution Hill Trust Oral History Project (CHT OHP)

The CHT OHP project was set up by CHT in 2018 as part of its work for the establishment of a physical and virtual exhibition of the making of the Constitution and the Constitutional Court. The collection – which is still growing – consists of 60 interviews with people that had been involved in the constitution-making process as well as judges who have served on the Constitutional Court. The interviews give us the insiders’ perspectives of the constitution-making process as well as the creation and the functioning of the Constitutional Court.


Audio Visual

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