Four of the cases relating to tort aptly illustrate how versatile the law must be to cater for all the exigencies that may arise out of a complex society. The last word on the reasonable man in criminal law has not been spoken - R. v. Newell proves this.
At an historic meeting of the federal congress of the National Party on 30 July in Bloemfontein the prime minister, Mr P W Botha, released and explained his government's constitutional plans for South Africa. The proposals involve fundamental changes in the system of government that has applied in South Africa since the inception of the Union of South Africa in 1910.
The Netherlands has about 14 million inhabitants of whom almost 4 000 are registered as advocates. Of those 4 000, presently about I 300 women and 900 men) have been practising for less than three years. Within the Netherlands Bar Association (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten) these young advocates are called ""apprentices"".
Although a marriage concluded according to customary law is recognized as a customary union, it is not recognized as a marriage, despite the express recognition of ilobolo which is an essential thereof. The non-recognition of a customary marriage has resulted in a number of problems and anomalies. The aim of this article is to point out some of these anomalies and problems and to indicate that they would have been avoided by an express recognition of a customary marriage as a marriage.