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Keywords:

  • South Africa;
  • Constitution;
  • democracy;
  • courts;
  • rights;
  • political question doctrine;
  • constitutional remedies;
  • constitutional interpretation

The South African Constitution establishes a constitutional democracy with a strong form of constitutional review. The Constitutional Court is required to declare invalid any legislation or conduct of the President which is inconsistent with the Constitution. The author, a former judge of the Constitutional Court, argues that the text of the Constitution has been an important determinant of the Court's jurisprudence, both in relation to the Court's jurisprudence concerning the institutional structures established by the Constitution and its Bill of Rights jurisprudence.