2018 Short Version SEJA Baseline Survey

The Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) is proud to share the results of the biggest attitudinal survey carried out across South Africa on awareness, access and attitude to human rights, democracy and the Constitution, under the Socio-economic Justice for All (SEJA) Programme. The SEJA programme is implemented in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD) and funded by the European Union (EU) through Sector Budget Support.

This survey is substantial in scale, with 24 897 interviews having been conducted across all the provinces covering more than 4 165 sites. The last survey of this kind, was carried out by the Foundation in 2011 and in which 4 200 respondents were interviewed across 22 sites.

This survey found that overall levels of awareness of the constitution have increased from 47% in 2011 to 51% today. More startling however, is that less than half of South African women have heard of the Constitution. When it comes to human rights only 40% of the population were satisfied with the state of human rights, with most of those who were dissatisfied reporting that Equality was the human right that was the least respected in the country.

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