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Constitution of the Republic of South Africa - 1996
Republic of South Africa
1. The Republic of South Africa is one sovereign democratic state founded on the following values:
Supremacy of Constitution
2. This Constitution is the supreme law of the Republic; law or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid, and the duties imposed by it must be performed.
3. (1) There is a common South African citizenship.
(2) All citizens are -
(3) National legislation must provide for the acquisition, loss and restoration of citizenship.
4. The national anthem of the Republic is determined by the President by proclamation.
5. The national flag of the Republic is black, gold, green, white, red and blue, as described and sketched in Schedule 1.
6. (1) The official languages of the Republic are Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSiswati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu.
(2) Recognising the historically diminished use and status of the indigenous languages of our people, the state must take practical and positive measures to elevate the status and advance the use of these languages.
(3) National and provincial governments may use particular official languages for the purposes of government, taking into account usage, practicality, expense, regional circumstances, and the balance of the needs and preferences of the population as a whole or in respective provinces; provided that no national or provincial government may use only one official language. Municipalities must take into consideration the language usage and preferences of their residents.
(4) National and provincial governments, by legislative and other measures, must regulate and monitor the use by those governments of official languages. Without detracting from the provisions of subsection (2), all official languages must enjoy parity of esteem and must be treated equitably.
(5) The Pan South African Language Board must -