List of judgments of the Constitutional Court of South Africa delivered in 1997

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The table below lists the judgments of the Constitutional Court of South Africa delivered in 1997.

The members of the court at the start of 1997 were President Arthur Chaskalson and judges Lourens Ackermann, John Didcott, Richard Goldstone, Johann Kriegler, Pius Langa, Tholie Madala, Yvonne Mokgoro, Kate O'Regan and Albie Sachs. One seat was vacant, as at the end of 1996 Deputy President Ismail Mahomed was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeal. In August 1997 Justice Langa was elevated to the post of Deputy President. A new judge to fill the open seat was not appointed until 1998.

Citation Case name Heard Decided Majority author
[1997] ZACC 1 Fraser v Children's Court, Pretoria North and Others 12 September 1996 5 February 1997 Mahomed
[1997] ZACC 2 S v Coetzee and Others 19 March 1996 6 March 1997 Langa
[1997] ZACC 3 Motsepe v Commissioner for Inland Revenue 4 March 1997 27 March 1997 Ackermann
[1997] ZACC 4 President of the Republic of South Africa and Another v Hugo 12 November 1996 18 April 1997 Goldstone
[1997] ZACC 5 Prinsloo v Van der Linde and Another 7 November 1996 18 April 1997 Ackermann, O'Regan and Sachs
[1997] ZACC 6 Fose v Minister of Safety and Security 10 September 1996 5 June 1997 Ackermann
[1997] ZACC 7 Minister of Justice v Ntuli 22 May 1997 5 June 1997 Chaskalson
[1997] ZACC 8 Certification of the Constitution of the Western Cape, 1997 14–15 May 1997 2 September 1997 The Court
[1997] ZACC 9 Parbhoo and Others v Getz NO and Another 18 September 1997 Ackermann
[1997] ZACC 10 S v Pennington and Another 21 August 1997 18 September 1997 Chaskalson
[1997] ZACC 11 S v Lawrence; S v Negal; S v Solberg 6 May 1997 6 October 1997 Chaskalson
[1997] ZACC 12 Harksen v Lane NO and Others 26 August 1997 7 October 1997 Goldstone
[1997] ZACC 13 Hekpoort Environmental Preservation Society and Another v Minister of Land Affairs and Others 8 October 1997 Ackermann
[1997] ZACC 14 S v Ntsele 14 October 1997 Kriegler
[1997] ZACC 15 Certification of the Amended Text of the Constitution of the Western Cape, 1997 18 November 1997 18 November 1997 The Court
[1997] ZACC 16 Larbi-Odam and Others v MEC for Education (North-West Province) and Another 27 May 1997 26 November 1997 Mokgoro
[1997] ZACC 17 Soobramoney v Minister of Health, KwaZulu-Natal 11 November 1997 27 November 1997 Chaskalson
[1997] ZACC 18 Sanderson v Attorney-General, Eastern Cape 2 September 1997 2 December 1997 Kriegler
[1997] ZACC 19 East Zulu Motors (Pty) Ltd v Empangeni/Ngwelezane Transitional Local Council and Others 20 May 1997 4 December 1997 Madala

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