Today in history: Fifth Constitution Amendment Bill is introduced

By Drum Digital
29 May 2015

On May 29, 1980 the Fifth Constitution Amendment Bill was introduced in Parliament.

On May 29, 1980 the Fifth Constitution Amendment Bill was introduced in Parliament. The bill  was put in place to establish a framework for deliberations on the country's future constitutional, economic and social development. The Bill was  was promulgated as Act No 101 of the Republic of South Africa Constitution Fifth Amendment Act. It abolished the Senate, which was replaced with a multiracial President's Council, consisting of sixty white, coloured and indian nominated members. The Council was charged with formulating a new Constitution that would give expression to coloured and indian political ambitions.

Source: South African History Online

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