oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Civil disobedience and jurisprudence

Volume 19, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



Civil disobedience has become a widespread problem in many societies in recent times, and several changes have been brought about in consequence. It has grown to encompass moral and political demonstrations of various forms taking place in numerous geographical areas. During the past two decades civil disobedience has been practised by many, including civil rights protestors, antiwar groups, and student groups protesting both university and government policies. Most recently Bishop Desmond Tutu promised, from a pulpit in Atlanta, USA, that he would lead a campaign of civil disobedience against the apartheid laws in South Africa. It is the purpose of this article to examine the idea of civil disobedience with reference to the media, its classification, the problem of definition, the role, effect and risks of civil disobedience, civil disobedience and South African law, civil disobedience and the legal practitioner, and civil disobedience seen in philosophical perspective.

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