The South African Indian Council (SAIC), led by Amichand Rajbansi, decided to give the government's constitutional proposals 'a reasonable chance', provided the Indian community approved the proposals in a referendum. Major opposition to participation was led by the Natal Indian Congress.
The envisaged tricameral parliament would consist of an Executive State President; a Cabinet (to deal with general affairs) and three Ministers' Councils (for 'own affairs'); and, a legislative authority consisting of a House of Assembly for Whites, a House of Representatives for Coloureds and a House of Representatives for Indians. The President's Council, which had replaced the Senate in 1981, was retained.
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