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Title:Self-determination and the South African interim Constitution
Author:Strydom, H.A.ISNI
Year:1993
Periodical:South African Yearbook of International Law
Volume:19
Pages:43-64
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:self-determination
constitutions
1993
Abstract:This article first elicits the main features of South Africa's newly adopted constitutional arrangements and the content of the claims to self-determination made by conservative Afrikaners and by the Zulu King and the Inkatha Freedom Party. Then it looks at two important and interrelated questions that are raised by the new vision of self-determination. The first concerns the way in which self-determination ties in with the 1993 constitutional dispensation in South Africa; the second whether it is compatible with the current international views on the subject. As it now stands, South Africa's interim Constitution tends to promote political unity and cultural diversity. While the debate on cultural diversity and political unity has only just begun in South Africa, intellectuals in other parts of the world were already during the 1980s giving shape to a new political theory based on what is known as a communitarian critique of liberalism. The remainder of the article is devoted to a discussion of the communitarian debate, making reference to a few prominent scholars of the communitarian school. Notes, ref.
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