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Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996)

Chapter 11 - Security Services

Defence

203. State of national defence

 

 

1) The President as head of the national executive may declare a state of national defence, and must inform Parliament promptly and in appropriate detail of
a) the reasons for the declaration;
b) any place where the defence force is being employed; and
c) the number of people involved.

 

2) If Parliament is not sitting when a state of national defence is declared, the President must summon Parliament to an extraordinary sitting within seven days of the declaration.

 

3) A declaration of a state of national defence lapses unless it is approved by Parliament within seven days of the declaration.