The interim Constitution and the 1996 South African Constitution are products of a compromise between various political parties, mainly those that advocated for a unitary system, for example the African National Congress (ANC) and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) were the leading proponents , and the parties that advocated for a federal constitution, the significant ones being the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), the National Party (NP) and the Democratic Party (DP).
The interim Constitution and the 1996 South African Constitution contain both unitary and substantial federal characteristics.
The study deals with the origins of the federal idea and how the concept federalism is understood and applied internationally, and draws out some key characteristics that are common in federal constitutions so as to measure the interim Constitution and the 1996 South African Constitution against such common characteristics.
The conclusion deals with recommendations of how the substantial federal characteristics could be effectively managed through intergovernmental relations.
|Subject 2||Political science|
|Degree Type||Masters degree|