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Constitution of the Republic of South Africa [No. 108 of 1996].

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South Africa
General provisions; Constitutional law

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Chapter 1: Founding Provisions Chapter 2: Bill of Rights. Provides for freedom of equality (there shall be no discrimination on the grounds of, inter alia, race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion), freedom of privacy, assembly, association, expression, as well as the right to housing, social security, education and a clean environment. Prohibits forced labour. Article 23 ensures workers the right to form and join trade unions and to strike, and employers the right to form and join employers' organisations and to participate in activities of such bodies. Art. 25 provides for the restitution of land or property to persons who were disposessed of such through racial discriminatory laws. Art. 37 relates to states of emergency, and provides a table of non-derogable rights. Chapter 3: Co-operative Government Chapter 4: Parliament (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces) Chapter 5: The President and National Executive Chapter 6: Provinces Chapter 7: Local Government Chapter 8: Courts and Administration of Justice. Provides for a Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, and High Courts. Chapter 9: State Institutions Supporting Constitutional Democracy. These include a Public Protector (a type of ombudsman), Human Rights Commission, Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, and a Commission for Gender Equality. Chapter 10: Public Administration Chapter 11: Security Services Chapter 12: Traditional Leaders Chapter 13 : Finance Chapter 14: General Provisions

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    Date of entry into force
    Proclamation No. R.6, 1997

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    Date of partial entry into force
    Section 160(1)(b)

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    Monograph title
    Constitutions of the Countries of the World
    [Consitution as amended to 2009]
    Oxford University Press
    Place of publication
    New York

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    Serial title
    Government Gazette
    Vol. 378
    No. 17678
    Page range
    147 p.