oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - The origin of adoption in South Africa



The aim of this article is to explore the legislative origin of adoption in South Africa. It is common knowledge that South African law is based on Roman- Dutch principles and that English law has also influenced our legal system. The article starts off with a brief discussion of Roman and Roman-Dutch law, whereafter South African law - as it relates to the legislative introduction of adoption in this country - is discussed. Ultimately a conclusion is reached as to the origin of adoption legislation in South Africa.


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