oa De Rebus - A comparison of the Bills of Rights in the interim and final Constitutions

Volume 1997, Issue 352
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



The final Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996 came into operation on 4 February (see 1997 DR 73 and 191). The provisions of its Bill of Rights in some respects correspond with those contained in the Bill of Rights which formed part of the interim Constitution (Act 200 of 1993). However, in other respects the final Bill of Rights differs from the interim Bill of Rights. First of all, the order in which the fundamental rights are dealt with has changed. Second, the wording and content of many of the sections dealing with a comparable topic or right have changed - sometimes slightly and other times substantially. Furthermore, some rights appear in the final Bill of Rights but not in the interim one, and vice versa. This table is an attempt to facilitate comparison of the two Bills of Rights.

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