The Natal and KwaZulu codes: The case for repeal

dc.contributor.authorBennett, T W
dc.contributor.authorPillay, A
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-21T07:44:18Z
dc.date.available2016-01-21T07:44:18Z
dc.date.issued2003
dc.date.updated2016-01-19T08:38:12Z
dc.description.abstractSince the new South African Constitution came into force, most of the discriminatory legislation of the colonial and apartheid eras has been repealed. The Natal Code of Zulu Law (Proc R151 of 1987) and the KwaZulu Act 16 of 1985 on the Code of Zulu Law are notable exceptions. Although particular sections of the Codes violate various provisions in the Bill of Rights, this article argues that the Codes should be repealed in their entirety on the ground that their very existence and their continuing application offend the right to equality in s 9 of the Constitution. The inquiry concentrates on the question whether the discriminatory nature of the Codes is nevertheless fair, and, if unfair, whether it may be justified under s 36 of the Constitution (the limitation clause). A factor considered in both the unfairness inquiry under s 9 and the justification inquiry under s 36 is the purpose of the Codes, both now and at the time of their inception. It is our view that possible arguments based on protection of the right to culture and legal certainty are unlikely to survive constitutional scrutiny, and, accordingly, the Codes should be repealed.en_ZA
dc.identifier.apacitationBennett, T. W., & Pillay, A. (2003). The Natal and KwaZulu codes: The case for repeal. <i>South African Journal on Human Rights</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16474en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationBennett, T W, and A Pillay "The Natal and KwaZulu codes: The case for repeal." <i>South African Journal on Human Rights</i> (2003) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16474en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationBennett, T. W., & Pillay, A. (2003). The Natal and KwaZulu Codes: the case for repeal. South African Journal on Human Rights, 19(2), p-217.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn0258-7203en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Bennett, T W AU - Pillay, A AB - Since the new South African Constitution came into force, most of the discriminatory legislation of the colonial and apartheid eras has been repealed. The Natal Code of Zulu Law (Proc R151 of 1987) and the KwaZulu Act 16 of 1985 on the Code of Zulu Law are notable exceptions. Although particular sections of the Codes violate various provisions in the Bill of Rights, this article argues that the Codes should be repealed in their entirety on the ground that their very existence and their continuing application offend the right to equality in s 9 of the Constitution. The inquiry concentrates on the question whether the discriminatory nature of the Codes is nevertheless fair, and, if unfair, whether it may be justified under s 36 of the Constitution (the limitation clause). A factor considered in both the unfairness inquiry under s 9 and the justification inquiry under s 36 is the purpose of the Codes, both now and at the time of their inception. It is our view that possible arguments based on protection of the right to culture and legal certainty are unlikely to survive constitutional scrutiny, and, accordingly, the Codes should be repealed. DA - 2003 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - South African Journal on Human Rights LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2003 SM - 0258-7203 T1 - The Natal and KwaZulu codes: The case for repeal TI - The Natal and KwaZulu codes: The case for repeal UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16474 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/16474
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationBennett TW, Pillay A. The Natal and KwaZulu codes: The case for repeal. South African Journal on Human Rights. 2003; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16474.en_ZA
dc.languageengen_ZA
dc.publisherJuta Lawen_ZA
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Public Lawen_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Lawen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.sourceSouth African Journal on Human Rightsen_ZA
dc.source.urihttp://reference.sabinet.co.za/sa_epublication/ju_sajhr
dc.titleThe Natal and KwaZulu codes: The case for repealen_ZA
dc.typeJournal Articleen_ZA
uct.subject.keywordsSouth African lawen_ZA
uct.subject.keywordsrepealen_ZA
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