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South Africa gives out constitution

You can read it in Xhosa, Afrikaans, English or Braille. You can glance through it as a comic or find it on a CD-ROM.

If it wasn't free, it would be South Africa's newest hot-seller.

It is the new constitution, and South Africa began a massive effort Monday to distribute free copies to households across the country.

The constitution, signed into law late last year, has been published in 11 languages and several different forms to ensure that every South African will have a copy they understand, Constitutional Assembly chairman Cyril Ramaphosa said.

At St. George's Mall in Cape Town, passers-by clamored for copies, the South African Press Association reported.

"If anything, we're going to run out," said Assembly spokeswoman Katharine McKenzie.

The government has printed 7.2-million copies for South Africa's 41-million people.

South Africa held its first all-race elections in 1994, ending four decades of apartheid rule.

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