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South Africa (Republic) / L'Afrique du Sud

BEKKER, Peet M. [et al.]; editors, Tertius Geldenhuys and J.J. Joubert, Criminal procedure handbook, 2nd ed., Kenwyn: Juta, xxxiv, 362 p., ISBN: 0702136395;

BURCHELL, Jonathan, "Criminal Justice at the Crossroads", (2002) 119 SALJ 579;

___________"Criminal Law", in C. G. Van der Merwe, J. E. Du Plessis, eds., Introduction to the Law of South Africa, with a foreword by Reinhard Zimmermann, he Hague : Kluwer Law International, c2004, xxiii, 548 p., at Chapter 13, pp. 447- 492, ISBN: 9041122826; limited access available at
eventualis%22&lr=&as_brr=0&ei=P6fPR7WPNNC4igH0ldirBQ&sig=9Fsi3iQynrCcfk7xTSIyAbHYU4o#PPA494,M1 and on 6 March 2008);

___________"Provocation, Diminished Responsibility and the Use of Excessive Force in Self-Defence in South African Law", being Appendix F in The Law Commission, Overseas Studies, which is part of the Appendices to the consultation paper, Partial Defences to Murder, 31 October 2003, xiii, 249 p. (series; consultation paper; number 173); this study by Professor Burchell, at pp. 184-212, is available at (accessed on 27 April 2005); see also Appendix G, "Relevant Statutory Provisions and Proposed Provisions";

___________"South Africa", in Kevin Jon Heller and Markus D. Dubber, eds., The Handbook of Comparative Criminal Law, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011, vi, 660 p., at pp. 455-487, ISBN: 978-0-8047-5758-4;

___________"Unravelling compulsion draws provocation and intoxication into focus", (2001) 14 SACJ 363;

BURCHELL, E.M., J.R.L. Milton and J.M. Burchell, South African Criminal Law and Procedure, Vol I, General Principles of Criminal Law by EM Burchell and PMA Hunt, 2nd ed., Cape Town: Juta, 1983, lxii, 512 p., ISBN: 070211345X (hardcover) and 0702113468 (softcover); research note: there is now a 3rd ed., Kenwyn: Juta, 1997, xxxviii, 383 p., (series;  South African criminal law and procedure; v. 1), ISBN: 070213855X which I have not consulted;

BURCHELL, Jonathan and Adele Erasmus, eds., Criminal justice in a new society : essays in honour of Solly Leeman,  Lansdowne : Juta, [2003?], xxii, 359 p., ISBN: 0702163589; note: "First published as Acta Juridica 2003";

BURCHELL, Jonathan and John Milton, Principles of Criminal Law, Cape Town: Juta, 1991, xlvii, 669 p., ISBN: 07212639X; research note: there is now a 2nd ed,  Kenwyn: Juta, 1997,  li, 734 p., ISBN: 0702138541 which I have not consulted yet;

CARSTENS, P.A. and J. LE ROUX, "The defence of non-pathological incapacity with reference to the battered wife who kills her abusive husband", (2000) 13(2) 180-189;

CHANOCK, Martin, The making of South African legal culture, 1902-1936 : fear, favour and prejudice, Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001, xv, 571 p., ISBN: 0521791561; see Table of contents at Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania;

CHAOMAN, Audrey and Hugo /van der Merwe, eds., Truth and reconciliation in South Africa, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press 2008, 347 pp.;

CONRADIE, Herman, "The Republic of South Africa" in Donald J. Shoemaker, ed., International Handbook on Juvenile Justice, Westport (Connecticut): Greenwood Press, 1996, xv, 327 p., at pp. 286-300, ISBN: 031328895X; copy at Ottawa University, MRT General, HV 9069 .I665 1996;

DU BOIS-PEDAIN, Antje, Transitional Amnesty in South Africa, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2007, 391 pp.;

DU TOIT, Etienne, et al., Commentary on the Criminal Procedure Act, Cape Town : Juta, 1987-, 1 v. (loose-leaf), ISBN: 0702119628;

ERASMUS, Deon, "Desperately Seeking Signs of Justice in a Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Criminal Code", in Round Table on Law and Semiotics (9th : 1995 : Penn State University--Reading), Law and the conflict of ideologies : Ninth Round Table on Law and Semiotics / edited by Roberta Kevelson, New York : P. Lang, c1996, viii, 250 p., at pp. 81 to approx. 88,  ISBN: 0820430927;

FLACK, LIsa, " The South African Criminal Law Under Analysis in our new Constitutional Dispensation: Are we Looking for an Excuse? An Exposition of S v Goliath 1972 (3) SA 1 (A)",  (1999) Responsa Meridiana; copy at McGill University, Law;

     "Academics and judges should not be tempted to support any wholesale conversion to the normative approach, or indeed to support the notion of ‘excuse’, which seems so  convenient a compromise when dealing with complex assessments of different interests. It is submitted that, despite the nuanced perspective such a concept permits, this kind of personal defence does not belong in the substantive criminal law.  It is important to recognise both judicial precedent, which militates against such a proposition, and the merit in accommodating the concept in the procedural realm of sentencing.  Under our Constitution, judges are challenged to harness the approach to criminal law, which has developed in accordance with our peculiar historical, social and political circumstances." see Law

KOYANA,  Digby Sqhelo, 1934-, Influence of the Transkei Penal Code on South African criminal law, Alice: Lovedale Press, 1992, viii, a-g, 273 p.;

LABUSCHAGNE, J.M.T. and M.A. Rabie, "The influence of the German Max-Planck Institute for criminal law on the development of the South African criminal justice system and literature", (1991) 4 South African Journal of Criminal Justice 288-297;  

LE ROX, J and I. Mureriwa, "Paedophilia and the South African criminal justice system: A psychological perspective", (2004) 17(1) South African Journal of Criminal Justice 41-56;

LOTTER, Sunette, Legislation and morality in South african criminal law, LL.D. thesis, University of Pretoria, 1991;

MILTON, J.R.L. (John R.L.), 1939-, Common-law crimes, 3rd ed., Kenwyn : Juta, 1996, lxxviii, 849 p., ISBN: 0702137731; note: "First edition by P.M.A. Hunt";

__________ "Criminal Law in South Africa 1976-86", (1987) Acta Juridica 34-54;

___________"National Monographs: Republic of South Africa", in Lieven Dupont and Cyrille Fijnault, eds. International Encyclopaedia of Laws, Criminal Law, vol. 3,  The Hague, London, Boston: Kluwer Law International, 1993-, 256 p., ISBN: 9065449374;

MILTON, J.R.L. (John R.L.), 1939-, assisted by M.G. Cowling, Statutory Offences by J.R.L. Milton, assisted by N.M. Fuller, 2nd ed., Cape Town: Juta, 1988-, 1 volume   (loose-leaf) (series; South African criminal law and procedure; v. 3), ISBN: 0702120367;

MORICE, G.T., "The Administration of Criminal Law in South Africa", (1920) 37 South African Law Journal 131-138;

"The Proposed Criminal Code for the Transkeian Territories", (1885) 2 Cape Law Journal 143-148;

RABIE, Marinus André, A bibliography of South African criminal law: general  principles, 1st ed., Cape Town: Juta, 1987, viii, 91 p.,  ISBN: 0702118524 (pbk.); no copy in the Ottawa area libraries, verification of the AMICUS catalogue (20 January 2006);

SCHWIKKARD, P.J. and S.E. van der Merwe,  "South Africa" in Graig M. Bradley, ed., Criminal Procedure: A Worldwide Study, Durham (North Carolina): Carolina Academic Press, 1999, xxiv, 446 p., at pp. 319-359, ISBN: 0890896704; copy at the Library of the Supreme Court of Canada, K5401 C66 1999;

SCHWIKKARD, P.J., S.E. van der Merwe, in collaboration with D.W. Collier et al., Principles of evidence, 2d ed., Lansdowne : Juta Law, 2002, lxxiv, 596 p., ISBN: 0702160695;

SELIGSON, Milton, "Lay Participation in South Africa from Apartheid to Majority Rule", (2001) 72 (1-2) Revue internationale de droit pénal  273-284; available at  (accessed on 15 July 2007); 

SHARONI, Michelle M., "A Journey of Two Countries : A Comparative Study of the Death penalty in Israel and South Africa", (2001) 24(2) Hastings International and Comparative Law Review 257-;

SIMONS, H.J., A Study of Criminal Law and its Administration in South Africa, Southern Rhodesia and Kenya, Ph.D. thesis, London School of Economics, 1936;

SKEEN, Andrew, "Law of Criminal Procedure",  in C. G. Van der Merwe, J. E. Du Plessis, eds., Introduction to the Law of South Africa, with a foreword by Reinhard Zimmermann, he Hague : Kluwer Law International, c2004, xxiii, 548 p., at pp. 511-534, ISBN: 9041122826;

S MIT, Dirk van Zyl et Esther Steyn, "Le système pénitentiaire sud-africain", dans, sous la direction de, Jean-Paul Céré et Carlos Eduardo A. Japiassu, Les systèmes pénitentiaires dans le monde, 2e édition, Paris: Dalloz, 2011, vi,  400 p.,  aux pp. 353-3791, ISBN: 978-247-101382; copie à l'Université d'Ottawa, Bibliothèque Fauteux, K5524 .S97 2011;

SMITH, Paul T., "Recklessness in Dolus Eventualis", (1979) 96 South African Law Journal 81-93;

SNYMAN, C.R., "Confusion Concerning the Defence of Ignorance of Law", (1994) 11 South African Law Journal 1-5;

___________ Criminal Law, 3rd ed., Durban: Butterworths, 1995,  xii, 577 p.,  ISBN: 0409056251;  I have only read only the first edition (1984); Professor Snyman writes well and has a solid knowledge of German criminal law theory; great book to read!; now a 4th ed.: Durban : Butterworths, 2002, xii, 616 p., ISBN: 0409056278;

___________"Criminal Justice in a New Society" 2003 Acta Juridica 1;

__________"The Definition of the Proscription and the Structure of Criminal Liability", (1994) 111 South African Law Journal 65-79;

___________A Draft Criminal Code for South Africa with a Commentary,  Cape Town: Juta, 1995, xl, 133 p., ISBN: 0702133345;

__________"The ‘Finalistic' theory of an act in criminal law (part one)" and "The ‘Finalistic' theory of an act in criminal law (part two)" (1979) 3 South African  Journal of  Criminal Law and Criminology 3-11 and 136-144; deals with the theory of Hans Welzel; very important contribution to the subject;

___________"The Normative Concept of Mens Rea - A New Development in Germany", (1979) 28 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 211-220;

___________"Notes and Comments: The Attack on German Criminal Legal Theory - A Retort", (1985) 102 South African Law Journal 120-132;

__________"The tension between legal theory and policy considerations in the general principles of criminal law", (2003) Acta Juridica 1-22; copy at the Library of the Supreme Court of Canada; also published in Jonathan Burchell and Adele Erasmus, eds., Criminal justice in a new society : essays in honour of Solly Leeman, Lansdowne, Juta, [2003?], xii, 359 p., at pp. 1-22, ISBN: 0702163589; available at  (accessed on 13 April 2008);

 South African journal of criminal justice,  Kenwyn : Juta, 1988-, periodical with three issues yearly, languages: Afrikaans and English, ISSN: 1011-8527;

South African Journal of Criminal Law and Crimininology

SOUTH AFRICA, South African Law Commission, web site at (accessed on 14 August 2003);

__________South African Law Commission, Sexual Offences: the Substantive Law, [Pretoria] : South African Law Commission, 1999, xxxii, 284 p. (series; Project; number 107) (series; discussion paper; number 85), ISBN: 0621293741; available at (accessed on 14 August 2003);

ok___________South African Law Commission, Sexual Offences: process and procedure, [Pretoria]: South African Law Commission, [2001], 4 volumes (series; Project; number 107) (series; discussion paper; number 102), 4 volumes; available at (accessed on 14 August 2003);

ok___________South African Law Commission, Sexual Offences: report, Pretoria : South African Law Commission, 2002, xvi, 376, 33 p. (series; Project; number 107); available at (accessed on 14 August 2003);

STEYN, Mr. Justice J.H., "THE PUNISHMENT SCENE IN SOUTH AFRICA -- Developments over the past DEcade and the Prospects for Reform", in Roger Wood, ed., Crime, Criminology and Public Policy: Essays in Honour of Sir Leon Radzinowicz, London: Heinemann, 1974, xxii, 650 p., at pp. 527-570, ISBN: 0435824228; copy at Ottawa University, MRT General, HV 6028 .C73 1974;

WELSH, David, "Capital Punishment in South Africa",  in Alan Milner, ed., African penal systems, London:  Routledge & K. Paul, 1969, xiii, 501 p.,  at pp. 395-427, ISBN: 0710061277; copy at Ottawa University, MRT General, KQC 974 ,M54 1969;

WOLHUTER, L., "Excuse them though they do know what they do--the distinction between justification and excuse in the context of battered women who kill", (1996) 9(2)  South African Journal of Criminal Justice 151-166; title noted in my research but document not consulted yet (18 July 2005);

ZALKIND, Paola, 1981- and Rita James Simon, Global perspectives on social issues : juvenile justice systems, Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2004, vii, 197 p., see "South Africa" at pp. 117-123 and 140-141,  ISBN: 0739107305; copy at Ottawa University, MRT General: HV 9069 .Z35 2004;

ZYL SMIT, Dirk van, "Change and continuity in South African prisons" in  in Robert P. Weiss and Nigel South, eds., Comparing prison systems : toward a comparative and international penology, Australia : Gordon and Breach Publishers, c1998,  xx, 488 p., at pp. 401 to approx. 426 (series; International studies in global change; v. 8), ISBN: 9057005107;

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