The Constitutional Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to prevent same-sex couples from marrying, seven years after a 1998 ruling that legal prohibitions on same-sex relations were unconstitutional. The 2005 ruling led to the passing of the Civil Unions Act in South Africa in 2006.

After corruption and criminal cases against then Deputy President of South Africa were opened, President Mbeki dismissed Deputy President Zuma from government and appointed South Africa’s first woman Deputy President, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Nhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube was elected as the Fourth Chairperson of the OSF-SA Board.

The OSF-SA Strategy was adjusted to include work on economic development looking at entrepreneurship.

OSF-SA worked with the Portfolio Committee for Safety and Security in Parliament to develop models to monitor police stations effectiveness, promote parliamentary oversight, and established a three-year partnership with the Department of Correctional Services to focus on the implementation of applicable legislation.

The Human Rights and Governance Programme began working on issues related to fiscal accountability by supporting capacity-building of local government councillors and officials.

During 2005, the mainstream media in South Africa were subject to an increasing number of lawsuits and interdict applications, reminiscent of apartheid-era attempts to silence the media through censorship.

The Media Programme expanded its work to include a Media Fellowship Programme designed to strengthen independent news agencies and journalists to work on relevant open society themes.

2005 grants: 50