The Democratic Party

We the citizens of South Africa, in humble acknowledgement of the inner strengths of our people, which united us through a process of peaceful negotiation to a new order for our country and nation, hereby adopt and pledge to honour the following provisions, as the constitution for our country, the Republic of South Africa.

Let the provisions of this Constitution entrench in the government of this land the noble ideals of a free and open democracy, of equality amongst its peoples, respect for the dignity and worth of each individual and accountability for all citizens. Furthermore, we the citizens of this land, in deference to the provisions of this Constitution, pledge to respect and honour the diversity of our peoples, while uniting in a common nationality and loyalty to our country, the Republic of South Africa.


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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