oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Restatement of indigenous law

Volume 20, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



This article investigates how the restatement of indigenous law in Southern Africa can be facilitated and considers a more efficient method of research with regard to time, costs and manpower. Reference is made to the various methods and techniques of research used in restating or recording indigenous law, in order to indicate their usefulness. Restatement entails a systematic, analytical, and comprehensive account of a branch of the law which is unwritten or is scattered between a variety of sources. It implies a re-arrangement, in improved form, of statements of the existing law. The result is not a legislative code, but a guide for juridical purposes.

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