18.1 Outline of South Africa’s legal environment
18.1.1 Constitutional structure
South Africa is a constitutional democracy. The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa , 108 of 1996, which was promulgated on 18 December 1996 and took effect on 4 February 1997, establishes South Africa as a sovereign, democratic state 1 founded on the core values of human dignity and equality, 2 non-racialism and non-sexism, 3 the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law, 4 and universal adult suffrage. 5
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