n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Principles of South African Constitutional Law, Bernard Bekink : book review

Volume 2013, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



Bekink's is an ambitious book with a CD. It spans 580 pages and a wide range of topics. The effort of writing a book with such a broad scope and the significant amount of research invested in the writing process must be recognized. The book makes a significant contribution to the literature on South African constitutional law. There are currently only a handful of books devoted to the constitution (and which can serve as constitutional law textbooks) leaving a wide gap in the market for more books of this kind. In light of the special status of constitutional law in our constitutional democracy and in light of our principle of constitutional supremacy, there is a dearth of serious academic books on South African constitutional law. There is as yet no South African equivalent of the masterful works by Tribe ( (2000)) or Hogg ( (2007)), a fact left unchanged by Bekink's entry into this market. In the twenty years since the drafting of the new constitution, the constitutional court has decided more than 400 cases. This growing and substantial body of jurisprudence calls for academic scrutiny and analysis. Bekink's book partially, but only partially, succeeds in achieving this.

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