Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

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To introduce a new Constitution for the Republic of South Africa and to provide for matters incidental thereto


as amended by

Constitution First Amendment Act of 1997
Constitution Second Amendment Act of 1998
Constitution Third Amendment Act of 1998
Constitution Fourth Amendment Act of 1999
Constitution Fifth Amendment Act of 1999
Constitution Sixth Amendment Act of 2001
Constitution Seventh Amendment Act of 2001
Constitution Eighth Amendment Act of 2002
Constitution Ninth Amendment Act of 2002
Constitution Tenth Amendment Act of 2003
Constitution Eleventh Amendment Act of 2003
Constitution Twelfth Amendment Act of 2005
Constitution Thirteenth Amendment Act of 2007
Constitution Fourteenth Amendment Act of 2008
Constitution Fifteenth Amendment Act of 2008
Constitution Sixteenth Amendment Act of 2009
Constitution Seventeenth Amendment Act of 2012


Contents


Preamble
Chapter 1
Founding Provisions
Chapter 2
Bill of Rights
Chapter 3
Co-operative Government
Chapter 4
Parliament
Chapter 5
The President and National Executive
Chapter 6
Provinces
Chapter 7
Local Government
Chapter 8
Courts and Administration of Justice
Chapter 9
State Institutions Supporting Constitutional Democracy
Chapter 10
Public Administration
Chapter 11
Security Services
Chapter 12
Traditional Leaders
Chapter 13
Finance
Chapter 14
General Provisions
Schedule 1
National Flag
Schedule 1A
Geographical Areas of Provinces
Schedule 2
Oaths and Solemn Affirmations
Schedule 3
Election Procedures
Schedule 4
Functional Areas of Concurrent National and Provincial Legislative Competence
Schedule 5
Functional Areas of Exclusive Provincial Competence
Schedule 6
Transitional Arrangements
Schedule 7
Laws Repealed


Preamble


We, the people of South Africa,

Recognise the injustices of our past;

Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land;

Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and

Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.

We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic so as to—

Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;

Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;

Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; and

Build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.

May God protect our people.

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso.
God seën Suid-Afrika. God bless South Africa.
Mudzimu fhatutshedza Afurika. Hosi katekisa Afrika.

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