n Journal for Contemporary History - Suid-Afrika se staatsvorm : unitêr of federaal?

Volume 28, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Historically seen the South African form of state was typical of a unitary state. During the constitution writing process and especially in regard to the Interim Constitution and the Final Constitution, much more focus was placed on the federal character of the form of state. The Constitutional Principles gave a distinct federal character with regard to the acknowledgement of the three different government levels (central, provincial and regional levels) as well as a clear description of the competence and power of each of the levels of government. In this article the authors analyzed the new constitutional dispensation of South Africa and found that the form of state is still unitary.

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