From 1990 to 1994, the Community Law Centre (now: Dullah Omar Institute) focused its work on shaping a democratic South Africa. Under the leadership of Adv Dullah Omar, the Centre directly influenced the constitutional negotiations with academic research.

The Centre produced many papers, drafted by some of the African National Congress' key negotiators, on topics related to the quest for a constitutional democracy. Some of the papers can be downloaded below.

Women Decide on Their Future
Brigitte S Mabandla
01 Nov, 1991

The work plan for the gender programme which is entitled "Woman decide on their future" is a project that sought to formulate a concrete strategy that would form the theoretical backbone of the woman's movement in South Africa both during the constitutional negotiations and in the early years of the future democratic South Africa. In this note, Mrs Brigitte Mabandla discusses the reasons behind the inception of the project, the different stakeholders involved in the project and where it was launched, as well as the various stages of the work plan.

Protecting human rights in a new South Africa
Albie Sachs
25 Aug, 1990

In this article, Albie Sachs provides a discussion of the five basic constitutional schemes that formed the basis proposals that were made for the new constitutional dispensation in South Africa. These constitutional schemes can be distinguished as follows, 1) Open apartheid, 2) Reformed apartheid, 3) Multiracial apartheid, 4) democratic apartheid, 5) Anti apartheid. in his discussion, the author unpacks what each constitutional scheme entails and outlines the advantages and difficulties associated with each of the schemes.

The Future Constitutional Position of White South Africans: Some Further Ideas
Albie Sachs
18 Jan, 1990

A paper, written by Albie Sachs under the auspices of the South Africa Constitutional Studies Centre in London, shortly before he joined the Community Law Centre. He discusses the emotive issue of the future position of White South Africans in a democratic South Africa. 'Freedom', he argues, means to be permitted to do what was formerly unjustly forbidden. He discusses how the new Constitution of South Africa has to be for all South Africans, former oppressors and oppressed alike.

Discussion Paper on Prepression
Dullah Omar
21 May, 1988

This paper has been prepared to provide a basis for discussion in a seminar consisting of lawyers and members of organisations within the oppressed community at large. This Paper was delivered at Nadel Conference on 21 May 1988

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