n Law, Democracy & Development - Editorial

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



This issue of has a special focus on women. It comes at an appropriate time. The position of women in African and South African society has been highlighted by the controversy surrounding disclosures of illegitimate children fathered by President Jacob Zuma. Indeed, the President's marriage to a third wife also sparked criticism among sections of the population where monogamy is the norm. In itself, such criticism is easily answered: cultural differences must be accepted and respected, as required by the Constitution - not only in a narrow legalistic sense but in the spirit of embracing our national diversity rather than merely tolerating it. Aptly, this spirit of inclusiveness was recalled in the celebration of Nelson Mandela's legacy 20 years after his release from Victor Verster Prison on 11 February 1990.

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