South Africa has an executive, legislative, and judicial branch of government. The judicial branch resides in Johannesburg. Constitution Hill located in the neighborhood of Braamfontein is situated right on the edge of Hillbrow. The Hill holds such historic and symbolic significance as it was once used as a prison and detention center for political dissidents opposed to apartheid. The South African constitution known to be one of the more liberal constitutional documents in the world was ratified in late 1996. It is the job of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the land, to defend the democratic principles of the constitution. But, as we all know there is a huge difference between democratic theory and practice. In many ways, Mpe’s novel symbolizes the struggle to reconcile the ideas of democracy with its practice in a post-apartheid society. And, it is so apropos that the defenders of the constitution are right on the edge of Hillbrow.