n South African Law Journal - The impact of the Constitution on the common law of contract : Botha v Rich NO (CC) : notes
|Article Title||The impact of the Constitution on the common law of contract : Botha v Rich NO (CC) : notes|
|© Publisher:||Juta Law Publishing|
|Journal||South African Law Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Witwatersrand and 2 University of the Witwatersrand|
|Publication Date||Jan 2015|
|Pages||494 - 509|
In recent years, there has been some 'toing and froing' between the Constitutional Court ('CC') and the Supreme Court of Appeal ('SCA') about the impact of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 on the common law of contract. Whereas both the CC and the SCA accept that the Constitution is horizontally applicable, there remains considerable uncertainty about the precise extent and manner of horizontal application of the Bill of Rights, particularly when it comes to the question of greater substantive fairness in contracts (Brisley v Drotsky 2002 (4) SA 1 (SCA) paras 22, 24 and 93; Afrox Healthcare Bpk v Strydom 2002 (6) SA 21 (SCA) para 32; Johannesburg Country Club v Stott 2004 (5) SA 511 (SCA) paras 12 and 14-17; South African Forestry Co Ltd v York Timbers 2005 (3) SA 323 (SCA) para 30; Napier v Barkhuizen 2006 (4) SA 1 (SCA) para 7; Bredenkamp v Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd 2010 (4) SA 468 (SCA) paras 27-8 and 50-4; Maphango v Aengus Lifestyle Properties (Pty) Ltd 2011 (5) SA 19 (SCA) paras 23-5; Barkhuizen v Napier 2007 (5) SA 323 (CC) paras 51-2, 56-8, 70-3, 104 and 124; and Everfresh Market Virginia (Pty) Ltd v Shoprite Checkers (Pty) Ltd 2012 (1) SA256 (CC) para 71).
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