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The Republic of South Africa: Introductory Note

Francois Venter
Edited By: Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa

© 2016 Oxford University Press
When South Africa’s Constitution of 1996 came into operation on February 4, 1997, it represented the historical culmination of a focused process of constitution-writing which commenced in December 1991 when the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA), a national multi-party constellation established to negotiate a transition to inclusive democracy, got underway. 1997 was, however, not the year in which South Africa underwent its profound constitutional and political transition: that occurred on April 27, 1994, when the essential fruits of the negotiating...
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