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Celebrating the South African Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court is a powerful reminder of how far the country has come. Its Great African Steps are built of the bricks from Number Four prison, holding within them the memories of the countless prisoners denied their dignity. Its design is symbolic of "justice under a tree"; it is a masterpiece of the South African transition.

South Africa’s Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill, a multi-faceted heritage precinct in the heart of Johannesburg, was built on the site of a century-old prison complex where the leaders of every major South African liberation group - Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi among them - were once detained.

Albie Sachs awarded prestigious Tang Prize

Justice Sachs has been recognised for his lifetime devotion to justice and the rule of law as well as his contribution to human rights around the world, by the Tang Prize Foundation. It said his views, of integration while preserving diversity, offered significant inspiration for other societies.

Constitution Hill is a window on a brutal past

Sitting astride a ridge on the northern edge of Joburg's inner city, Constitution Hill is a symbol of how far South Africa has come. Once a notorious prison filled with anti-apartheid activists, it is now the seat of the highest court in the land, where freedom, democracy and justice are defended.

Judge Thokozile Masipa: reserved and astute

Presiding over the Oscar Pistorius trial, Judge Thokozila Masipa has a reputation for handing down stiff sentences for violent crimes. She has remained unfazed by media attention through a number of precedent-setting trials.

FAQs on the Oscar Pistorius trial

What happens if Oscar Pistorius is found guilty of premeditated murder? What is the maximum sentence he can expect to receive? Here are answers to these questions and more.

South Africa’s justice system

The Oscar Pistorius trial has focused attention on South Africa's justice system. Here is a guide to how this Roman-Dutch Law-based system prosecutes and punishes criminals.

Pius Langa: a patient and humble man

Former chief justice of the Constitutional Court, Pius Langa, has died in Johannesburg at the age of 74. In 1994 he was one of the first 11 judges appointed to the ConCourt bench.
ConCourt art tells SA's story

South Africa’s child rights hero

South African advocate Ann Skelton is doing ground-breaking work to advance the rights of children and bring about changes to the country’s juvenile justice system.

Gallery: Constitutional Court

South Africa's Constitutional Court is not your average court house. Packed with symbolism and magnificent works of art, the court is always open and anyone may come in and look around at any time.
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