National Peace Accord and Bill of Rights

Lengthy, difficult and often behind-the-scenes negotiations eventually led to a final agreement on a national Bill of Rights and a new political order. The first step in this direction was the National Peace Accord, signed in September 1991, which attempted to curb the widespread violence of the time by laying down codes of conduct for all parties including the security forces. A draft of the accord forms part of the exhibit. This opened the way to formal, multi-party negotiations at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) through which a political compromise was struck. Again, the background violence to these negotiations is on display in this exhibit.

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