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Status of the Constitution

South Africa, English

… We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic so as to Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights; … (Preamble)

Status of the Constitution

South Africa, English

This Constitution is the supreme law of the Republic; law or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid, and the obligations imposed by it must be fulfilled. (Sec. 2)

Status of the Constitution

South Africa, English

(1) The Republic of South Africa is one, sovereign, democratic state founded on the following values:

(c) Supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law.
… (Sec. 1)

Status of the Constitution

South Africa, English

(4) Any international agreement becomes law in the Republic when it is enacted into law by national legislation; but a self-executing provision of an agreement that has been approved by Parliament is law in the Republic unless it is inconsistent with the Constitution or an Act of Parliament.
... (Sec. 231)

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

South Africa, English

(2) Everyone has the right to bodily and psychological integrity, which includes the right-
(a) to make decisions concerning reproduction;
(b) to security in and control over their body;
… (Sec. 12)

Affirmative Action (Broadly)

South Africa, English

(2) The need for a Commission established by this Chapter2 to reflect broadly the race and gender composition of South Africa must be considered when members are appointed.
… (Sec. 193)

Status of International Law

South Africa, English

The following principles govern national security in the Republic:

(c) National security must be pursued in compliance with the law, including international law.
… (Sec. 198)

Status of International Law

South Africa, English

When interpreting any legislation, every court must prefer any reasonable interpretation of the legislation that is consistent with international law over any alternative interpretation that is inconsistent with international law. (Sec. 233)

Status of International Law

South Africa, English

(5) The security services must act, and must teach and require their members to act, in accordance with the Constitution and the law, including customary international law and international agreements binding on the Republic.
… (Sec. 199)

Status of International Law

South Africa, English

Customary international law is law in the Republic unless it is inconsistent with the Constitution or an Act of Parliament. (Sec. 232)