Ep 97: South African Constitutional Court: Human rights in a troubled country

Nov 04, 2019, 03:00 PM

Rosalind English talks to Kate O’Regan, who was appointed to the South African Constitutional Court at the dawn of the full franchise in 1994. Kate was one of the youngest appointees to a court with a profoundly important task, to apply the newly drafted Bill of Rights to a deeply divided society.

Even with the demise of apartheid, conflicts persist: between African customary law and law imported from the country’s colonial masters, Britain and Holland; the cultural differences in the perception of the rights of women, and the uphill task of the courts to ensure the safety of citizens of the new South Africa from random violence on public transport.