oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Consumer protection - the Bophuthatswanan experience

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



The subject of consumer protection was receiving considerable attention in South Africa. In April 1988 the publication of the Harmful Business Practices Bill! unleashed immediate and vociferous objections which were directed primarily at the proposed methods rather than the principle of consumer protection. Since 1984 consumers in Bophuthatswana enjoyed considerable protection from abuses in the market place. It was the authors' view that an outline of the Bophuthatswanan experience mght be of interest to those engaged in the South African debate. Their purpose, therefore, was to highlight some of the important features of the Bophuthatswanan Consumer Affairs Act, and to indicate how the Act has worked in practice. First, however, they address the question: why the need for consumer protection?

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