Coronation Oath Act, 1937

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To provide for an oath for the King as Sovereign of the Union.

(Assented to 5th March, 1937.)
(Signed by the Governor-General in English.)

Be it enacted by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate and the House of Assembly of the Union of South Africa, as follows:―

Purport of Oath to be administered to King.

1. An oath shall be administered to the King either on assuming the government of the Union or at his coronation the purport of which shall be that he will govern the people of the Union, and of any territory under its jurisdiction, according to the Statutes agreed on in the Parliament of the Union and according to their other laws and customs; and that he will cause law and justice, in mercy, to be executed in all his judgments.

Governor-General appoints person to administer Oath, and may agree on collective form thereof.

2. The Governor-General shall appoint and authorize a person to administer the Oath referred to in section one and may arrange with all or any of the other members of the British Commonwealth of Nations for a collective Oath to be administered to and to be taken by the King, in a form to be agreed upon: Provided that the purport of the Oath as set forth in section one be embodied in such collective Oath. The taking of such a collective Oath shall be deemed sufficient compliance with the provisions of section one.

Short title.

3. This Act shall be cited as the Coronation Oath Act, 1937.

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