Constitution of the Western Cape, 1997

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Constitution of the Western Cape, 1997  (1997) 
enacted by the Western Cape Provincial Parliament
The Constitution of the Western Cape, 1997 is the constitution of the Western Cape province in South Africa. It was initially adopted by the provincial legislature on 21 February 1997, refused certification by the Constitutional Court on 2 September 1997, amended by the provincial legislature on 11 September 1997, certified by the Constitutional Court on 18 November 1997, and brought into force on 16 January 1998. The Western Cape is the only South African province to have adopted a constitution.

Province of Western Cape





Constitution of the Western Cape




Contents

Preamble
Chapter 1 Founding Provisions
Chapter 2 Intergovernmental Relations
Chapter 3 Provincial Parliament
Chapter 4 Executive
Chapter 5 Local Government
Chapter 6 Provincial Administration
Chapter 7 Finance
Chapter 8 Police
Chapter 9 Other Constitutional Institutions
Chapter 10 Directive Principles of Provincial Policy
Chapter 11 General Provisions
Schedule 1 Oaths and Solemn Affirmations
Schedule 2 Elections
Schedule 3 Transitional Arrangements



(Afrikaans text signed by the Premier)
(Assented to 15 January 1998)



Constitution of the Western Cape


Preamble

In humble submission to Almighty God,

We, the people of the Western Cape, through our elected representatives—

Recognising and striving to heal the injustices of the past,

Recognising the need for peace, reconciliation and justice,

Endeavouring to promote the development of the Western Cape and a better quality of life for all its people through just and effective government;

Affirming that the Western Cape, a province of the Republic of South Africa, is founded on—

democratic values,
the recognition of human rights,
the recognition of the family,
responsible and accountable government,
the rule of law,
the principles of mutual trust and co-operation, and
loyalty to the national Constitution;

Do now adopt this Constitution for the Western Cape.

May God protect our people.

God seën Suid-Afrika, Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika, God bless South Africa.

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