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  • Credit: © Greenpeace Africa / Mujahid Safodien

  • Credit: © Greenpeace Africa / Mujahid Safodien

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Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

04 February 1997

Download the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, No 108 of 1996 (Constitution)

Section 24 of the Constitution provides that everyone has the right to –

(a) the right to an environment that is not harmful to thier helath or well-being; and

(b) to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through legislative and other reasonable measures that –

(i) prevent pollution and ecological degradation;

(ii) promote conservation; and

(iii) secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development