THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTITUTION
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996)
The supreme law of the Republic of South Africa, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996) provides the legal foundation for the existence of the republic; sets out the rights and duties of its citizens; and defines the structure of the government.
1993 Interim Constitution
1983 Constitutional Act
As a transitional constitution, it required the newly elected Parliament to also serve as a constituent assembly to adopt a final constitution. It made provision for a major restructuring of government as a consequence of the abolition of apartheid.
1961 Constitutional Act
The fundamental law of South Africa for two decades. Under the terms of the Constitution, South Africa left the Commonwealth and became a republic. Legally, the Union of South Africa, which had existed since 1910, came to an end and was re-established as the “Republic of South Africa”.
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