oa South African Human Rights Yearbook - Constitutional and political developments

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1354-3903



On 10 December 1996, after the Constitutional Court had certified that the amended draft was in compliance in every respect with the constitutional principles, President Mandela signed the Constitution at an impressive and moving ceremony in Sharpeville. With the exception of certain provisions, the 1996 Constitution came into effect on 4 February 1997. 1 The Constitution 2 was amended once in 1997, to change the period of 1 March 1960 to 10 May 1994 (the date on which Mr Mandela was inaugurated as President under the Interim Constitution), from which amnesty may be granted by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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