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Teologies-etiese perspektiewe op die 1996 - grondwet van die Republiek van Suid-Afrika

J. M. Vorster
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 31, No 1/2 | a1600 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v31i1/2.1600 | © 1997 J. M. Vorster | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 June 1997 | Published: 12 June 1997

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J. M. Vorster,, South Africa

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The acceptance of the 1996 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa must be seen as a historical event. For the first time in its history this country is governed by a widely accepted democratic Constitution. The chapter on fundamental rights is also a new contribution to government in South-Africa. Although the final draft of the Constitution was endorsed by the vast majority of political parties and communities, criticism from various groups was also heard. This article is an attempt to evaluate the Constitution from a Reformed theological-ethical point of view. Attention is paid to the principles of justice, order and religious freedom, and the way in which these principles manifest in the Constitution. The task of the Church in the promotion of a culture of democracy and human rights is also emphasised.


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