Law and culture in the new constitutional dispensation with specific reference to the custom of circumcision as practiced in the Eastern Cape

by Momoti, Ndyebo Kingsworth

Abstract (Summary)
This study examines the custom of circumcision in the context of culture, law and the Constitution.

In Chapter 1 the writer considers the pervasive role of culture in the context of the current debate in relation to equality versus culture.

In Chapter 2 the writer considers the origin, development and the legal significance of the custom of circumcision in the Eastern Cape.

In Chapter 3 the writer traces the circumstances leading to the enactment of the Provincial statute governing circumcision of children. In this chapter the writer also poses the question whether an aspect of morality can effectively be regulated by law.

Chapter 4 looks at the question of cultural rights in terms of the Constitution and the possible effect of the promulgation of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities Act 19 of 2000 on the approach of the courts in respect of constitutional challenges directed at some aspects of customary law.

Chapter 5 looks at the custom of circumcision and the need for the protection of children.

The writer raises the issue of the role of traditional leaders in the eradication of abuses associated with circumcision.

The last Chapter comments on the reasons for the failure of the new Act governing circumcision in the Province.

Bibliographical Information:


School:Rhodes University

School Location:South Africa

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:faculty of law


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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