South Africa celebrates 20th anniversary of historic Constitution

On Saturday, South Africa marked the 20th anniversary of the country’s Constitution which marked the end of apartheid and the birth of democracy.

The document is widely acclaimed to be one of the most progressive and transformative constitutions in the world.

Former President Nelson Mandela signed the document into law on December 10, 1996 in Sharpeville where the historic 1963 massacre of protestors by police outraged the international community.

International Human Rights Day was commemorated around the world on Saturday.

The commemoration was held under the theme “Celebrating 20 years of the Constitution – Transforming society and uniting the nation.”

Photo credit: Department of Justice South Africa