The Law and the State

  • Peter Parker
  • Joyce Mokhesi-Parker

Abstract

Justice in South Africa divided black from white. They thought the legal system operated in a political vacuum; that the determining of fact and fairness could be sealed off from Apartheid; that the white monopoly of legal power was as irrelevant to the character and functioning of the legal system as the colour of an airline pilot is to the aeroplane; that the inaccessibility to blacks of legal advice and representation was at worst a moral eyesore; that whatever the criticisms made about the erosion of the rule of law in police cells, detention centres, prisons, and whatever the attacks directed against laws passed by Parliament, South Africa’s common law was colour-blind, and that once inside the courts, litigants found the white judge applied the law without reference to race or status.

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