n Acta Juridica - On the reciprocal relationship between the rule of law and civil society : part III : reflections on themes in Justice Langa's judgments

Volume 2015, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1346
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2088



The reciprocal relationship between a robust rule of law culture and a truly civil, civil society is much like the relationship between the characters in this song. Neither can subsist, meaningfully, without the other. When it works, the bond is bold. When the connection falters, no easy rapprochement exists. How to create both - and the union between them - ab initio? That's a big ask. But it's a complex endeavour worth undertaking. The success of South Africa's democratic project rests upon its realisation. Fail: and into that darkness, we shall disappear.

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