The Council was founded in 2010 by a group of prominent South Africans (including former Constitutional Court judges, lawyers, academics, civil society representatives etc.) with the mission to defend and advance the South African Constitution as a platform for democratic politics and the transformation of South African society. The organisation’s main focus is on building a culture of human rights, strengthening institutions of governance and the rule of law, and promoting accountability and integrity 0in public life. Rather than focussing on specific rights contained in the Constitution, the Council’s mandate covers the document as a whole. Through research, advocacy and litigation, the organisation has focused on key themes since its creation including public accountability (with a strong anti-corruption focus), the strengthening of institutions of governance (including Chapter nine bodies), and the promotion of judicial independence and strengthening the rule of law.