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5.2.4 South Africa: Constitutional Assembly




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This article is from the South Africa FAQ, by Scott Hazelhurst scott@cs.wits.ac.za with numerous contributions by others.

5.2.4 South Africa: Constitutional Assembly



The current constitution is an interim constitution and the
Constitutional Assembly is currently writing a new one. The
Constitutional Assembly comprises the Senate and the National Assembly
sitting jointly. The chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly is
Cyril Ramaphosa. The target date for adoption of a new constitution is
9 May 1996.

CONSTITUTIONAL ASSEMBLY Nov 10 Sapa

The panel of independent experts to advise the Constitutional
Assembly in its historic constitution-writing task over the next 18
months has been finalised by a CA sub-committee.

It is:

-- Professor Gerhard Erasmus, head of Public Law at Stellenbosch
University;

-- Prof Johan Kruger, attached to Potchefstroom University's
Sociology department;

-- Prof Christina Murray, director of the Law, Race and Gender unit
at the University of Cape Town;

-- Mrs Masechaba Sedibe-Ncholo, a Cambridge University graduate
doing pupillage to be an advocate;

-- Advocate Ishmael Semenya, a Johannesburg-based advocate;

-- Prof Johan van der Westhuizen, Director of the Centre for Human
Rights at Pretoria University; and

-- Advocate Zac Yacoob, a Durban advocate.

Parliament consists of the the Senate (90 members) and National
Assembly (400 members).

 

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