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Constitution Act
Parliament of South Africa
Citation 78 of 1995
Territorial extent Republic of South Africa
Date commenced 27 August 1995
Status: In force
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act (78 of 1995) (known commonly as the 1995 Constitution Act or the Constitution) is a South African statute which details the composition of the South African government and other related matters. Unlike other systems of government which follow the principle of constitutional supremacy, the Constitution Act is an ordinary statute which can be amended or repealed by the sovereign legislature, being the Multicameral Parliament, with a simple majority.

Overview

Sectional breakdown

  • PREAMBLE
  • PART I: INTERPRETATION OF THIS ACT
    • Section 1: Definitions
    • Section 2: Presumptions in respect of this Act
    • Section 3: Short title and commencement
    • Section 4: Transitional provisions
    • Section 5: Continuation of law
  • PART II: THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
    • Section 6: Sovereignty
    • Section 7: Territory
    • Section 8: Flag
    • Section 9: Coat of arms
    • Section 10: National anthem
    • Section 11: Seat of government
  • PART III: EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY
    • Section 12: The State President of South Africa
    • Section 13: Functions and powers of the State President
    • Section 14: Election and tenure of the State President
    • Section 15: Acting State President
    • Section 16: The Vice State President of South Africa
    • Section 17: Privileges of the State President
    • Section 18: The Cabinet
  • PART VI: LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY
    • Section 19: The Parliament of South Africa
    • Section 20: Own affairs
    • Section 21: General affairs
    • Section 22: Rules and procedures of Parliament
    • Section 23: Constitution of the House of Assembly
    • Section 24: Constitution of the House of Representatives
    • Section 25: Constitution of the House of Delegates
    • Section 26: Constitution of the President's Council
    • Section 27: Disagreements among the Houses
    • Section 28: Acts of Parliament
  • PART V: JUDICIAL AUTHORITY AND ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
    • Section 29: The Supreme Court of South Africa
    • Section 30: Constitution of the Supreme Court
    • Section 31: Other courts
  • AMENDMENTS

Notable provisions

Amendments

  • Constitution Amendment Act (11 of 2002): Abolished the prior 2 term (6 years each) limitation on the tenure of the State President and gave Parliament the authority to recall the official occupying the office, instead.

See also

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