About this site

This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Constitutional Assembly (CA)

One of CODESA*'s duties was to form a CA to draft a constitution for the new South Africa. The ANC* and PAC* wanted it to be elected immediately but the NP* objected and in 1993 a compromise was reached that the matter would be shelved until after the 1994 election. An interim constitution was drafted as a temporary measure. After the election the CA was duly formed comprising the members of the House of Assembly and Senate sitting together. Some 2 years later, after the initial draft had been sent back for refinement, the new constitution was approved in 1996.

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