Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution of South Africa

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Constitution Fifteenth Amendment Act of 2008
Parliament of South Africa
Enacted byParliament of South Africa
Enacted20 August 2008
Assented to6 January 2009
Commenced17 April 2009
Legislative history
BillConstitution Fifteenth Amendment Bill
Bill citationB63B—2008
Bill published on2 July 2008
Introduced byBrigitte Mabandla, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development
Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996
Constitution Eighth Amendment Act of 2002, Constitution Tenth Amendment Act of 2003 (effectively)

The Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution of South Africa (formally the Constitution Fifteenth Amendment Act of 2008) repealed some of the provisions inserted into the Constitution by the Eighth and Tenth Amendments which allowed for floor-crossing, that is, allowed members of legislative bodies to move from one political party to another without losing their seats. The remaining floor-crossing provisions were repealed by the Fourteenth Amendment, which was enacted at the same time.

The Fourteenth Amendment contained the repeal provisions which affected the provincial legislatures and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), and therefore had to be approved by six of nine provinces in the NCOP as well as by two-thirds of the National Assembly, while the Fifteenth Amendment contained the remaining provisions which only had to be approved by the Assembly. The bills for both amendments were passed by the National Assembly on 20 August 2008, with the Fifteenth Amendment receiving 309 votes in favour and none opposed. Both amendments were signed by President Kgalema Motlanthe on 6 January 2009[1], and came into force on 17 April 2009, days before the 2009 general election.


  1. ^ "Constitution Fifteenth Amendment Act of 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-01-14.

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