Constitution of the RSA
part of Corrections in South Africa
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa,1996 was approved by the Constitutional Court (CC) on 4 December 1996 and took effect on 4 February 1997.
The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. No other law or government action can supersede the provisions of the Constitution.
The D:CS is, apart form all other legislation, compelled by the Constitution to comply with the following rights in terms of the treatment of offenders:
-Freedom and security of the person.
-Right to healthcare services.
-Right to education.
-Freedom of religion.
-Rights to humane treatment and to communicate and be visited by family and next of kin.