Constitution Amendment Act, 1988

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Constitution Amendment Act, 1988
enacted by the Parliament of South Africa
Act No. 50 of 1988. First published on 5 May 1988 in Government Gazette No. 11297, and came into force upon publication. Repealed on 27 April 1994 by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1993.

Note that [words in bold type in square brackets] indicate omissions from existing enactments, while words underlined with a solid line indicate insertions in existing enactments.

Act

To amend the Republic of South Africa Constitution Act, 1983, so as to provide for joint business and proceedings and uniform rules of procedure of the Houses of Parliament and for matters connected therewith.



(English text signed by the State President.)
(Assented to 3 May 1988.)


Be it enacted by the State President and the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:―


Amendment of section 61 of Act 110 of 1983

1. Section 61 of the Republic of South Africa Constitution Act, 1983 (hereinafter referred to as the principal Act), is hereby amended by the substitution for the words preceding paragraph (a) of the following words:

“To constitute a meeting of a House for the [exercise of its powers] determination of a question, the presence shall be necessary of―”.


Amendment of section 64 of Act 110 of 1983, as amended by section 8 of Act 105 of 1984

2. Section 64 of the principal Act is hereby amended―

(a)   by the substitution for paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of the following paragraph:
(b)   ‘joint rules and orders’ means rules and orders approved, with a view also to uniformity, by each of the Houses as joint rules and orders in connection with the order and conduct of their joint and separate business and proceedings, and, in particular, of―
(i)   the business and proceedings [of each] in connection with general matters and bills thereon or joint committees or a particular joint committee or other matters affecting all three Houses; [or]
(ii)   the business and proceedings of joint committees or a particular joint committee or any other committee; and
(iii)   the business and proceedings of joint meetings;”; and
(b)   by the insertion in subsection (1) after paragraph (b) of the following paragraph:
(bA)   ‘joint meeting’ a meeting convened in terms of joint rules and orders as a joint meeting of the Houses and presided over by the Speaker, or by a member of a House in terms of such rules and orders;”.

Amendment of section 67 of Act 119 of 1983, as amended by section 10 of Act 105 of 1984

3. Section 67 of the principal Act is hereby amended―

(a)   by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:

(1) This section applies to joint sittings called thereunder, but does not otherwise derogate from the power of Parliament to regulate its business and proceedings.”; and

(b)   by the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection:

“(2) The State President may call [such] a joint sitting of the Houses by message to them whenever he deems it desirable, and shall call such a joint sitting if requested to do so by all three Houses.”.


Short title

4. This Act shall be called the Constitution Amendment Act, 1988.

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