oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Liability arising from the killing of a fellow human being in South African indigenous law

Volume 28, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



The rate of violence and murder is escalating sharply in South Africa, especially in black communities. It is, therefore, appropriate to examine the juridically accountable consequences of killing in black indigenous law. It bears mentioning, immediately, that information is often scanty and not scientifically proven. Although it may be said that criminal law can be distinguished from the law of delict, this differentiation is not as pronounced in indigenous law.

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