Sham Reform and Conflict Regula- tion in a Divided Society F. VAN ZYL SLABBERT House of Assembly, Cape Town, South Africa Introduction THE ALL-WHITE Parliamentary Select Committee on the Constitu- tion, which was formed in March 1979 and which was eventually responsible for suggesting the creation of a President's Council, reached consensus on three areas which, on closer analysis, are far more significant than either the beleaguered history of the President's Council or any of the recommendations which that body has made to date. The Parliamentary Select Committee, dominated by the National Party, agreed that, firstly, the existing constitution was inadequate to cope with the political conflicts of the society and that a new one was needed; secondly, that no constitution could be unilaterally imposed by any one group on any other group but could only come about as a result of a process of negotiation and consultation; and, thirdly, that if such a process was embarked upon, it was necessary to involve the respected and acknowledged leaders of the various communities in the country. This consensus not only reflected the loss of the almost impenetrable ideological solidarity that the National Party had enjoyed up until that time,
Journal of Asian and African Studies (in 2002 continued as African and Asian Studies) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1983
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