SAIC decides on the 1983 Constitution

Wednesday, 12 January 1983

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.

Sources:

Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds) (1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

Liebenberg, B.J. & Spies, S.B. (eds) (1993). South Africa in the 20th Century, Pretoria: Van Schaik Academic, p. 478.

Reader's Digest. (1988). Illustrated History of South Africa: the real story, New York: Reader's Digest Association, p. 470.

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