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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1961. Republic of South Africa Constitution Act No 32

This declared the former Union of South Africa a Republic. Somewhat later, the newly founded Republic also left the Commonwealth. "It was largely based on the 1909 [UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA] ACT but substituted the word 'State' whenever 'King', 'Queen' or 'Crown' appeared" (Riley 1991: 72). See also Davenport (1987: 398f) and Barber & Barratt (1990: 66ff).

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