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Federalism in South Africa

  • 2016
  • Schwella, Erwin
  • Aufsatz/Enthaltenes Werk

Federalism in South Africa is a contested concept and reality. This is illustrated by the extent to which there are differences of opinion on whether South Africa is an example of a federal state or not, as well as differences of opinion and conviction on whether it should be or become, if it is not yet, a federal state. This opinion on the contested nature of federalism in South Africa is supported by Haysom where he states that, during the negotiation for a democratic constitution: "EL the federalism issue - the question of the extent and nature of provincial autonomy - became the most heated, intense and enduring of the constitutional disputes."