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/ One Law, One Nation: The Making of the South African Constitution / 2011

By Lauren Segal and Sharon Cort
Foreword by Cyril Ramaphosa
Published by Jacana

On 10 December 2011, it was 15 years since Nelson Mandela signed the final draft of the new South African Constitution at a stadium in Sharpeville. In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of this momentous occasion, the book One Law, One Nation charts the story of the long fight for constitutional rights in South Africa, and the astonishing obstacles and complexity that lay behind the constitution-making process after 1990. .

Using hitherto unseen archival, photographic and interview material, including Mandela’s handwritten notes from the negotiation process, the book is a popular account of the birth of what has been heralded as one of the world’s most remarkable constitutions. Many books have shed light on the legal aspects of the South African Constitution. Few have offered first hand perspectives of the hidden history of its development.

“ One Law, One Nation” also reflects on the Constitution as a living document and how the Constitutional Court plays an instrumental role in ensuring that human rights are upheld in South Africa today.

Jacana publishers have called the book, ‘inspiring and moving, a gift to South Africa.’ 

Tel: +27 82 554 0747 (Lauren) / +27 82 335 4586 (Clive)