South Africa law

Africa South of the Sahara - African Law
Directory of internet resources on African law. From the Stanford University Libraries.

African Digital Curation Conference - [Law-related presentations]
1st African Digital Management and Curation Conference and Workshop, 12 and 13 February 2008, at the CSIR Convention Centre, Pretoria [South Africa]. Speeches and Power Point are on-line.
Includes speech of the Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa; Digital Curation : the Legal Framework in South Africa, Graham Dominy, National Archives, South Africa; Digitisation - the 3 Cs: Copyright, Contracts and Creative Commons, Denise Nicholson, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Database directory of law firms and attorneys in South Africa. Search by specialty, geographic location, language. Tips on hiring an attorney. Law links. Based in Johannesburg.

Commercial Law in South Africa
Has summaries of recent judgments, brief information on the courts and judiciary in South Africa. Sells full transcripts of judgments. Site of the Law Publisher, a print publisher of legal reference works. or

Constitutional Court of South Africa
Official site. "South Africa's highest court on constitutional matters" "The judgments database contains the full text of all Constitutional Court judgments, summaries of judgments, court orders, heads of argument, pleadings and other documents." Historical background, "your rights", the Judges, the Court Library's online catalog, interviews with former law clerks, virtual tour of the Court Art Collection. [KF]

Constitutional Matters - South African Government
Full text of the South African Constitution in various languages. Constitution amendments. Extensive links to related sites.

Cooperative Africana Microform Project, CAMP - South African Trial Transcripts and Evidence. Index
18 p. in PDF. Brief index to the microfilm of South African trial transcripts held by CAMP. "CAMP has acquired numerous trial transcripts from political trials in South Africa, including the Treason Trial (1956-1961), Rivonia Trial (1963-1964) and the Steve Biko inquest (1977)." Part of the CAMP Guides to Collections. CAMP is based at the Center for Research Libraries, Chicago, lllinois. [KF]

De Rebus
SA Attorneys' Journal. Full text articles. Links to related law sites.

German - South African Lawyers Association - Deutsch - Südafrikanischen Juristenvereinigung.
In English and German. "contains an extensive collection of links on the legal system, government information, NGOs as well as academic information on South Africa." Includes a directory of South African university faculties of law, and citations, mainly in German, on South-African and German law. [KF]

Green Gazette
"...the government gazette of south africa online in searchable pdf" Based in Randburg, South Africa.

Indexes to the South African Law Reports
Full text online at the Jutastat site.

Juta & Co.
South Africa's largest indigenous academic publisher. Specializes in legal, medical, academic, education publications. Their catalog database is online. Begun 1853, head office in Cape Town. See also Jutastat.

Cape Town electronic database company, started in 1988. Specializes in South African law and general reference databases. Carries extracts from the Magnus Malan Trial proceedings. Produces an Index to the Government Gazette.

Kuper, Leo - Papers 1952-1966
There is an online Inventory of the Leo Kuper Papers microfilmed by CAMP, the Cooperative Africana Microform Project, based at the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago. Kuper, a South African sociologist, conducted interviews with over 100 South African black professionals (including lawyers and articled clerks) in the 1950s/early 1960s for the book, An African Bourgeoisie.

Labour Protect
"...a network of some of the best labour attorneys, lawyers and experts from around South Africa." "We specialise in assisting employees faced with labour law disputes including: unfair dismissals, unlawful retrenchments, unfair labour practices." Has rules re retrenchments, dismissals, discrimination, disabilities, HIV / AIDS, grievance procedures, disciplinary procedures, etc. Based in Roggebaai, South Africa. [KF]

Law Society of South Africa

Lawyers for Human Rights
NGO begun in 1979. Offices throughout South Africa. Works on Child Rights, HIV/AIDS, Penal Reform, Strategic Litigation Unit, Southern Africa Legal Cluster Assistance Project, Refugee and Migrant Rights Project, Security of Farm Workers, Rural Justice.

Legal Aid Board of South Africa
"The Legal Aid Board is one of the institutions earmarked to make the constitutional promise of justice for all a reality in South Africa." Their Justice Centres provide legal representation to the indigent. Information such as How the Justice System works in South Africa, Types of Courts and Proceedings. Based in Johannesburg. [KF]

Legal Brief Today
Daily subscription based e-newsletter with news of the legal profession in South Africa. Free subscriptions to the weekly Legalbrief Africa, with legal and constitutional news from the continent. Has eLaw & Management on technology, the internet and law. Legalbrief Africa is sponsored by the International Bar Association. Has links to legal sites. Based in Durban, South Africa. [KF]

Recent judgments. Most information is only through paid subscription. LegalNET is a joint venture between LexisNexis Butterworths Publishers and M-Web, offering online legal information to the legal community.

Legal Resource Centre (Cape Town)
"...for the vulnerable and marginalised, including poor, homeless, and landless people and communities who suffer discrimination by reason of race, class, gender, disability or by reason of social, economic, and historical circumstances." Has full text reports.

National Prosecuting Authority
"...established on 1 August 1998, in terms of section 179 (1) of the Constitution. The NPA comprises the National Director, ......Directors of Public Prosecutions; Investigating Directors and Special Directors;" Has the "power to institute criminal proceedings on behalf of the State."

Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal
In English and Afrikaans. Full text articles. Is indexed in the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences. Some articles: Same-sex marriage in South Africa: The road ahead, Children's rights in the South African Constitution, Interpreting socio-economic rights - transforming South African society? [KF]

SA Law Online
Extensive information on South African legal issues. Covers human rights, South African internet law, South African law firms, legal columns, legal research sites,  links to related sites (labor relations, legal databases, legislation, legal publishers, law faculties, taxation, etc.) Edited by Lance Michalson from Cape Town.

Subscription based legal databases such as NetLaw - South African Legislation database provides access to more than 700 amended acts with rules, regulations and forms. These Acts include all principal Acts from 1964, as well as those most frequently referred to prior to 1964." Based in Centurion, South Africa.

SABINET - South African Gazettes
Requires subscription for full text access to the Government and all Provincial Gazettes, the Government Gazette Index, Provincial Gazettes Indexes, and the Parliamentary Bills, South African acts, bills, legal notices. Also sells subscriptions to the Retrospective Government Gazettes Archive which covers from 1910.. Has some free information such as legislation before Parliament, brief news. From SABINET Online Ltd. [KF]

Sachs, Albie - Suffering, Survival, and Transformation. Conversation with Albie Sachs
Justice Sachs is a member of the South African Constitutional Court. He is "a leader in the struggle for human rights in South Africa and [was] a freedom fighter in the African National Congress." The interview, by Harry Kreisler, is part of the Institute of International Studies, U.C. Berkeley, "Conversations with History" series. Includes an e-mail exchange with students from Marin Academy (high school) in San Rafael, CA; April of 2000.

Social Change Assistance Trust (Cape Town)
" independent funding and development agency. We support community controlled development projects" in the rural areas of the Northern, Eastern and Western Cape provinces, parts of the Free State and North West provinces." Established in 1985. Has a map of their offices, full text report, rural and NGO partners. [KF]

South Africa. Dept. of Justice and Constitutional Development (Pretoria)
Full text of the 1996 Constitution, selected Commissions of Inquiry (Hefer Commission of Enquiry into Allegations of Spying Against the National Director of Public Prosecutions), Discussion documents, policy documents (gender, HIV/AIDS, National policy guidelines for victims of sexual offences), selected Bills, Acts, lnks to related sites.

South African Government Information
Sections on Acts, Bills, Constitutional Court, Legislation (with full text acts), Proclamations, Regulations, etc.

South African Law Reform Commission
Many full text reports, Discussion Papers, Issue Papers, Research Papers, the Commission's Bulletin, a searchable archive of its publications, a law reform discussion group, a notification service about their new publications, information on members, committees, etc.

South African Law Commission. Juvenile Justice Report
Project 106. Pretoria: July 2000. Y. Mokgoro. Acting Chairperson. Full text report, 358 p. in PDF. The Law Commission is now called the South African Law Reform Commission.

South African Law Reform Commission (formerly South African Law Commission)
Full text discussion papers (privacy & data protection, stalking, international Co-operation in civil matters, domestic partnerships, the Child Care Act, Islamic marraiges, computer crime, etc. Full text reports (domestic partnerships, Islamic marriages, traditional courts, Child Care Act, sexual offences, security legislation, divorce, Harmful HIV-Related Behaviour, juvenile justice, common law & indigenous law, Euthanasia and the artificial preservation of life, Aspects of the Law Relating to AIDS, money laundering, etc. Research papers (domestic violence, etc.) Issue papers (Trafficking In Persons, family violence, money laundering, etc.) [KF]

Southern African Legal Information Institute, SAFLII
"...collects and publishes legal materials from Southern and Eastern Africa for free online access. ,,,, includes superior court judgments from Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.....includes a full consolidated collection of Uganda legislation and Lesotho caselaw."

Southern African Society of Legal Historians
Promotes interest in legal history and brings together people interested in legal history both locally and abroad. Publishes a journal, Fundamina. The Secretary is based at College of Law, Unisa, South Africa. [KF]

Street Law South Africa
Formerly known as Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Association. Has internships. i

Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Has the full-text of the 5-vol. Final Report, background documents, photos of the 17 commissioners, press releases from Nov. 30, 1995 to date, wire stories from the South African Press Assoc. (SAPA) from April 22, 1996 to date. One can register to receive their updates by e-mail. Has submissions from political parties, transcripts concerning Stephen Biko, Ahmed Timol, Amy Biehl, the Mandela United Football Club, and others.  Hosted by the South Africa Dept. of Justice and Constitutional Development.

University of Cambridge. Lauterpacht Centre - Democratic Transitions in International Law
Has the full text of key documents for democratic transitions in Burundi, Guinea, Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zimbabwe. Has timelines. [KF] add full text documents

University of Cape Town. Faculty of Law
Has specialized research institutes and units.

University of Cape Town. Law, Race and Gender Research Unit
Publishes News and Views for Magistrates, a quarterly newsletter. Has the Fourth DT Lakdawala Memorial Lecture [1998] by Judge Albie Sachs (on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Sachs meeting with "Henry" who was involved with the people who planted a bomb in his car in Mozambique.)