South African Bill Of Rights - Tim Brown Tours

Summary of the South African Bill of Rights: This is actually interesting and worth a read!


  • · Equality: You cannot be discriminated against. But affirmative action and fair discrimination are


  • · Human Dignity: Your dignity must be respected and protected.


  • · Life: You have the right to life.


  • · Freedom and security of the person: You cannot be detained without trial, tortured or punished

cruelly. Domestic violence is not allowed.

  • · Slavery, servitude and forced labour: Slavery and forced labour are not allowed.


  • · Privacy: You cannot be searched or have your home or possessions searched.


  • · Freedom of religion, belief and opinion: You can believe and think whatever you want and can

follow the religion of your choice.

  • · Freedom of expression: All people (including the press) can say whatever they want.


  • · Assembly, demonstration, picket and petition: You can hold a demonstration, picket and

present a petition. But you must do this peacefully.

  • · Freedom of association: You can associate with whomever you want to.


  • · Political rights: You can support the political party of your choice. If you are a citizen, and at least

18 years old, you can vote.

  • · Citizenship: Your citizenship cannot be taken away from you.


  • · Freedom of movement and residence: You can go and live anywhere in South Africa.


  • · Freedom of trade, occupation and profession: You can do whatever work you choose.


  • · Labour relations: You may join trade unions and go on strike.


  • · Environment: You have the right to a healthy environment.


  • · Property: Your property can only be taken away from you if the proper rules are followed.


  • · Housing: The government must make sure people get access to proper housing.


  • · Health care, food, water and social security: The government must make sure you have access

to food and water; health care and social security.

  • · Children: Children under the age of 18 have special rights, like the right not to be abused.


  • · Education: You have the right to basic education, including adult basic education, in your own

language (if this is possible).

  • · Language and culture: You can use the language you want to and follow the culture that you


  • · Cultural, religious and linguistic communities: Communities can enjoy their own culture;

practice their own religion; and use their own language.

  • · Access to information: You have the right to any information, which the government has.


  • · Just administrative action: Actions by the government must be fair.


  • · Access to courts: You can have a legal problem decided by a court, or a similar structure.


  • · Arrested, detained and accused persons: This right protects people who have been arrested,

imprisoned or accused.

  • · NOTE: All these rights can be limited if it would be fair to do so

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