n South African Law Journal - African Customary Law in South Africa: Post-Apartheid and Living Law Perspectives, Chuma Himonga, Thandabantu Nhlapo, I P Maithufi, Sindiso Mnisi Weeks, Lesala Mofokeng & Dial Ndima : book review

Volume 132, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



There is a strong need for textbooks on the customary laws of African states. In all of them the law applied in state institutions includes parts of at least one (and usually many) bodies of customary law in addition to at least one body of received law. Customary laws are especially prominent in the fields of family law, land law and the law of traditional authorities. Law students who on graduation engage with state law in any way are likely to encounter cases in which a customary law is applicable. Naturally the subject is taught in law schools, and textbooks are needed to accompany lectures and seminars.

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