Recent articles and research – March 2020

March 1st, 2020

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Abbreviation Title Publisher Volume/issue
Acta Juridica Acta Juridica Juta



Advocate Advocate General Council of the Bar (2019) 32.3
AHRLJ African Human Rights Law Journal Centre for Human Rights, Department of Law, University of Pretoria (2019) 19.2
EL Employment Law Journal LexisNexis (2019) 35.6
JCCLP Journal of Corporate and Commercial Law and Practice Juta (2019) 5.1
LitNet LitNet Akademies (Regte) Trust vir Afrikaanse Onderwys (2019) 16.3
PER Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal North West University, Faculty of Law (2019) 22
PLD Property Law Digest LexisNexis (2019) 23.4
PSLR Pretoria Student Law Review Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) (2019) 13
SA Merc LJ South African Mercantile Law Journal Juta (2019) 31.1
SAJELP South African Journal of Environmental Law and Policy Juta (2018) 24.1
SAPL Southern African Public Law University of South Africa Press

(2019) 34.1

(2019) 34.2

THRHR Tydskrif vir Hedendaagse Romeinse-Hollandse Reg LexisNexis (2019) 82.4


Administrative law

Townsend, S ‘The Qualidental and Gees judgments: Their impacts on the administration of applications to demolish buildings more than sixty years old’ (2018) 24.1 SAJELP 155.

Van der Berg, A ‘Municipal flood management in South Africa: A critical reading of recent case law’ (2018) 24.1 SAJELP 87.

Banking law – foreign investments

Davis, DM ‘Bilateral investment treaties: Has South Africa chartered a new course?’ (2018) Acta Juridica 1.

Picker, CS ‘Legal protection of property under the Protection of Investment Act 22 of 2015’ (2018) Acta Juridica 17.

Civil law and procedure

Jansen, N ‘The idea of a legal obligation’ (2019) Acta Juridica 35.

Commercial tax law

Jansen van Rensburg, EThe application and interpretation by South African courts of general renvoi clauses in South African double taxation agreements’ (2019) 22 PER.

Company law

Bidie, SS ‘The nature and extent of the obligation imposed on the board of directors of a company in respect of the solvency and liquidity test under s 4 of the Companies Act 71 of 2008’ (2019) 5.1 JCCLP 59.

Mupangavanhu, BM ‘“Diminution” in share value and third-party claims for pure economic loss: The question of director liability to shareholders’ (2019) 31.1 SA Merc LJ 107.

Phungula, SP ‘Do business rescue proceedings affect the liability of sureties of the company?’ (2019) 31.1 SA Merc LJ 129.

Snyman-van Deventer, E ‘The actio pro socio revisited’ (2019) 31.1 SA Merc LJ 76.

Constitutional law

Madondo, I ‘Constitutional challenges in the post-Apartheid era’ (2019) 82.4 THRHR 543.

Constitutional law – freedom of speech

Burchell, J ‘Balancing “equality of respect” with freedom of expression: The actio iniuriarum and hate speech’ (2019) Acta Juridica 203.

Consumer law

Coetzee, H and van Heerden, CUnintentionally trapped by debt review: Procedural inadequacies in the National Credit Act 34 of 2005 relating to withdrawal from the debt review process’ (2019) 22 PER.

Kelly-Louw, M and Stoop, PPrescription of debt in the consumer-credit industry’ (2019) 22 PER.

Van Heerden, C and Fritz, C ‘Allocation of prepayments received on credit agreements: Perspectives on s 126(3) of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005’ (2019) 82.4 THRHR 621.

Contract law

Glover, G ‘Remedies, repentance and the doctrine of election in South African contract law’ (2019) Acta Juridica 59.

Greeff, TN ‘Challenges in classifying the construction contract’ (2019) 82.4 THRHR 576.

Hutchinson, D ‘From bona fides to ubuntu: The quest for fairness in the South African law of contract’ (2019) Acta Juridica 99.

Pretorius, J ‘Interpretation of suretyships and the Constitution’ (2019) Acta Juridica 127.

Vinti, C ‘Opening Pandora’s box: The “confidentiality” clause in the International Trade Administration Commission’s amended Tariff Investigations Regulations’ (2019) 31.1 SA Merc LJ 90.

Corporate law

Hanks Jr, JJ ‘The inevitable need for continuous corporate law improvements’ (2019) 5.1 JCCLP 103.

Criminal law, litigation and procedure

De Villiers, WP ‘Effect of an admission of guilt and payment of a fine in terms of s 57 of the Criminal Procedure Act – S v Madhinha 2019 (1) SACR 297 (WCC)’ (2019) 82.4 THRHR 662.


Eiselen, S ‘What to do with Bitcoin and blockchain?’ (2019) 82.4 THRHR 632.

Reddy, E and Lawack, V ‘An overview of the regulatory developments in South Africa regarding the use of cryptocurrencies’ (2019) 31.1 SA Merc LJ 1.

Customary marriages

Mabe, Z ‘Vesting of the assets of a solvent spouse and customary marriages in South Africa’ (2019) 82.4 THRHR 564.

Manthwa, TA ‘Handing over of the bride as a requirement for validity of a customary marriage – C v P (1009/2016) [2017] ZAFSHC 57 (6 April 2017)’ (2019) 82.4 THRHR 652.

Osamn, FThe consequences of the statutory regulation of customary law: An examination of the South African customary law of succession and marriage’ (2019) 22 PER.

Delictual law

Du Bois, F ‘Punishment, reparation and the evolution of private law: The actio iniuriarum in a changing world’ (2019) Acta Juridica 229.

Fagan, A ‘Why intention matters and how it does’ (2019) Acta Juridica 283.

Price, AAquilian liability for negligence and proximity considerations’ (2019) Acta Juridica 315.

Scott, JVonnisbespreking: Boelie kry op sy baadjie: Moes die skool gered het?’ (2019) 16.3 LitNet.

Environmental law

Du Plessis, W ‘Energy efficiency: The progress of policy, legislation, and the role of the courts in South Africa’ (2018) 24.1 SAJELP 175.

Lim Tung, OJ ‘Drought-tolerant GM maize as a climate-smart measure in South Africa: Promises, perils and precaution’ (2018) 24.1 SAJELP 119.

Environmental law – animal welfare

Bellengère, A and Couzens, ED ‘The camel at the cutting edge: Animal welfare, environmental law, private prosecution and the three judgments in NSPCA v Minister of Justice’ (2018) 24.1 SAJELP 44.

Indigenous (customary) law

Éthier, B; Coocoo, C and Ottawa, GOrocowewin Notcimik Itatcihowin: The Atikamekw Nehirowisiw Code of Practice and the issues involved in its writing’ (2019) 22 PER.

Himonga, CDetermining the content of indigenous law with special reference to recording of the law – continental views’ (2019) 22 PER.

Monyamane, L and Bapela, MPGongqose v Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries – a tale of customary rituals and practices in marine protected areas’ (2019) 22 PER.

Napoleon, VDid I break it? Recording indigenous (customary) law’ (2019) 22 PER.

Rautenbach, CCase law as an authoritative source of customary law: Piecemeal recording of (living) customary law?’ (2019) 22 PER.

Insolvency law

Marumoagae, C ‘When will the trustee be obliged to release a solvent spouse’s assets during sequestration proceedings?’  (2019) 5.1 JCCLP 42.

Mokoen, O ‘The philosophy of business rescue law’ (2019) 5.1 JCCLP 1.

Roestoff, MOnderhoudseise en sekwestrasie ingevolge die Insolvensiewet 24 van 1936’ (2019) 16.3 LitNet.

Roestoff, M and Joubert, T ‘Liability of a body corporate as applicant creditor to contribute towards the cost of sequestration – First Rand Bank Ltd v Master of the High Court (Pretoria) (53071/2016) [2018] ZAGPPHC 806 (18 April 2018)’ (2019) 82.4 THRHR 641.

Insurance law

Millard, D ‘The devil is not in the detail: On microinsurance, policyholder protection and financial inclusion’ (2019) 82.4 THRHR 584.

International contract law  

Reid, K ‘Sale and the warranty of title’ (2019) Acta Juridica 141.

Zimmermann, R ‘The textual layers of European contract law’ (2019) Acta Juridica 165.

International customary law 

Badejogbin, REThe conundrum of judicial notice as a means of ascertaining customary law in Nigerian and South African Courts amid the convergence of positivism and legal pluralism’ (2019) 22 PER.

Dennison, BThe resonance of colonial era customary codes in contemporary Uganda’ (2019) 22 PER.

International labour law

Collier, D and Godfrey, S ‘Labour standards and foreign direct investment: A perspective on the export-oriented garment sectors in selected sub-Saharan African countries’ (2018) Acta Juridica 183.

International law – land

Babalola, KH and Hull, SAExamining the Land Use Act of 1978 and its effects on tenure security in Nigeria: A case study of Ekiti State, Nigeria’ (2019) 22 PER.

International law – unjustified enrichment

Du Plessis, J ‘Long live the law of unjustified enrichment – a response to Jansen’ (2019) Acta Juridica 371.

Evans-Jones, R and Fischer, M ‘Unjustified enrichment’s evolution in mixed legal systems: Confronting McCarthy Retail Ltd’ (2019) Acta Juridica 395.

MacQueen, H ‘Cohabitants in the Scottish law of unjustified enrichment’ (2019) Acta Juridica 419.

Meier, S ‘Enrichment “at the expense of another” and incidental benefits in German law’ (2019) Acta Juridica 453.

Scott, H ‘Change and continuity in the law of unjust enrichment’ (2019) Acta Juridica 469.

Whitty, N ‘Rights of relief, subrogation and unjustified enrichment in Scots law’ (2019) Acta Juridica 493.

International public procurement law

Omolo, JA and Akinyi, EJ ‘The national treatment rule and the regulation of public procurement under the East African Community Common Market Protocol’ (2019) 5.1 JCCLP 115.

International tax law

Titus, A and Gutuza, T ‘The relationship between tax incentives and human rights obligations in the drive to attract foreign direct investment: Are developing countries in Africa getting it right?’ (2018) Acta Juridica 149.

International trade law

Bosman, L and Kimani, S ‘Approaches to investor state dispute resolution in Eastern Africa: Rwanda, Kenya and Mauritius’ (2018) Acta Juridica 113.

Forere, MA ‘The agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area: Will it spur foreign direct investment in Africa?’ (2018) Acta Juridica 43.

Mancuso, S and Rigazio, S ‘Foreign direct investment and the rule of law in Africa in the context of legal integration’ (2018) Acta Juridica 75.

Mzezewa, S and Mavhuru, L ‘Is there a positive relationship between investment policies and inward foreign direct investment flows? A study of Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau’ (2018) Acta Juridica 97.


Benade, HElites at odds over statism’ (2019) 32.3 Advocate 58.

Broughton, DWM ‘Limitations of the accusatorial (adversarial) trial process: Fairness and impartiality as principal concerns’ (2019) 82.4 THRHR 527.

Labour law

Grogan, J ‘Refusing to accept a demand: The limits of s 187(1)(c) of the LRA’ (2019) 35.6 EL.

Grogan, J ‘The helping hand: When commissioners should assist parties’ (2019) 35.6 EL.

Maloka, TC and Okpaluba, C ‘Making your bed as an independent contractor but refusing “to lie on it”: Freelancer opportunism’ (2019) 31.1 SA Merc LJ 54.

Neethling, JVonnisbespreking: Risikoskepping en die middellike aanspreeklikheid van werkgewers: ’n Belangrike ontwikkeling’ (2019) 16.3 LitNet.

Newaj, K ‘Establishing jurisdiction in respect of unfair labour practices relating to the provision of “benefits”’ (2019) 31.1 SA Merc LJ 29.

Law of evidence

Muller, MAWeighing evidence’ (2019) 32.3 Advocate 60.

Legal education

Du Plessis, QLitigious linguists’ (2019) 32.3 Advocate 62.

Legal practice

Rabkin, FLaw matters’ (2019) 32.3 Advocate 65.

Sisilana, LDeputy Judge President Phineas Mojapelo talks to Advocate’ (2019) 32.3 Advocate 48.

Watt-Pringle SC, CThe future of silk’ (2019) 32.3 Advocate 3.

Persons and family law 

Boniface, AVoorkomende geskilbeslegting by voogdyskap-, sorg- en kontakaangeleenthede in Suid-Afrika’ (2019) 16.3 LitNet.

Gabriel, P ‘The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 and children’s right to privacy in the context of social media’ (2019) 82.4 THRHR 605.

Private law

Dagan, H ‘The challenges of private law: A research agenda for an autonomy based private law’ (2019) Acta Juridica 3.

Property law

Botha, M ‘Thoughts on the Draft Housing Consumer Protection Bill and turning the conveyancer into a municipal watchdog’ (2019) 23.4 PLD.

Du Plessis, A ‘The judiciary’s role in shaping urban space in South Africa as per the sustainable development goals’ (2018) 24.1 SAJELP 5.

Hamers, J ‘Lease agreements and the reasonable cancellation penalty’ (2019) 23.4 PLD.

Singh, C ‘To foreclose or not to foreclose: Revealing the “cracks” within the residential foreclosure process in South Africa’ (2019) 31.1 SA Merc LJ 145.

Unjustified enrichment

Bryan, M ‘What is unjust about theft?’ (2019) Acta Juridica 347.

Kathleen Kriel BTech (Journ) is the Production Editor at De Rebus.

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This article was first published in De Rebus in 2020 (March) DR 36.

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