To amend the provisions of the Republic of South Africa Constitution Act, 1961, relating to the election of the State President; and to improve the Afrikaans text of sections 12, 20 (5) and 52 of the said Act.
(Afrikaans text signed by the State President.)
(Assented to 10th February, 1967.)
Be it enacted by the State President, the Senate and the House of Assembly of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:―
1. Section 8 of the Republic of South Africa Constitution Act, 1961 (hereinafter referred to as the principal Act), is hereby amended, with effect from the first day of January, 1967, by the substitution for subsection (3) of the following subsection:
“(3) The date so fixed shall in respect of the first such election be a date before the thirty-first day of May, 1961, and in the case of any subsequent such election a date not less than one month and not more than three months before the termination of the period of office of the State President then holding office: Provided that if the State President dies or for any other reason vacates his office before the expiration of his period of office and his successor has then not yet been elected, a date within three months after the office became vacant shall be so fixed: Provided further that if the State President intimates in his resignation lodged with the Speaker of the House of Assembly in terms of section 10 (3) that he will vacate his office on a day not less than one month after the date of the lodging of his resignation, a date which is earlier than the day on which the office becomes vacant, may be so fixed.”.
3. This Act shall be called the Constitution Amendment Act, 1967.