oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Theft among the South Nguni

Volume 18, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



Authors like Alberti, Rogers, Cook, Holt and Soga assisted in tracing the historical background of indigenous law. From the geographical set up it was clear that most of the South Nguni were found in the then independent national states, the Ciskei and Transkei. In these states the legal systems, although similar to the South African legal system, were also independent. According to the author, their tribal customary institutions had not changed. The governments of these states were still attempting to curb theft in these countries. Contact with the west had, in certain quarters, ameliorated the situation while there has been aggravation in other areas. The improvement in the legal systems of the institutions of the blacks might have contributed towards amelioration. Blacks of the 19th century differed from the blacks of the present decade. Of note is the fact that there have been tremendous developments in our Roman-Dutch law as evident from the publication by Hahlo and Kahn. Developments were also envisaged in respect of the legal systems of the South Nguni.

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