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South African Law

Finding the South African Constitution

The current Constitution is the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 1996 (Act 108 of 1996). It is available on the following databases

The South African Government's website (open access)

This includes the current consolidation of the Constitution incorporating all amendments to date. Note that there is no official version of the Constitution as amended. This webpage also includes links to:

HEIN Online (UniMelb staff & student access)

Hein includes the text of the current Constitution as amended and as passed, and all amending legislation up to the Seventeenth Amendment Act of 2012 (the most recent amendment). HEIN also includes the following historical constitutions and constituent documents:

  • Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1993 
  • Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1983 
  • Republic of South Africa Constitution Act, 1961 
  • The Status of the Union Act, Nr. 69, 1934 
  • British Proclamation, 1909 
  • Act of the British Parliament to Constitute the Union of South Africa, 1909 
  • Act of the British Parliament, 1877 ​

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