3 November 1998



In this era of an unstoppable increase in information on offer and improved means of communication, it is inevitable that the exchange of juristic ideas should develop and escalate electronically, by internet. A problem already challenging the time starved legal user of the electronic medium, is to separate the wheat from the chaff. For many people it is relatively easy to publish something on the Web. It is however just as demanding to produce quality in this manner as through any other medium, be it primitive or avant garde.

The Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal is focused on offering the interested reader reading matter which is worth reading. The presentation of the material is also designed to bring the reader to the kind of material being sought as quickly as possible, and the editors will constantly be looking for mechanisms and methods to improve it.

We would like to express our appreciation to the special referees who considered contributions to this edition. Since this first volume has been composed, an Editorial Board has been constituted. The members of this Board will in future participate in the process of refereeing contributions.

Readers are kindly invited to submit contributions to future editions. Two big advantages of this medium is the relative speed with which a contribution can be published and the potential size of the readership, which may be immense and from all parts of the world.

Recent Submissions

  • Gesinspolitiek en die ouer-kind verhouding 

    Maré, C (1998)
    The family-unit did, in one form or another occur since the beginning of man’s existence. The aim of the unit was to sire children and to provide for them until they reached maturity. To realise this provisional aim, a ...
  • Tradisionele leiers: erkenning en die pad vorentoe 

    Du Plessis, W; Scheepers, T E (1998)
    There has for many years been legal recognition of Traditional Leaders in South African laws, such as the Black Administration Act 38 of 1927 and regulations and proclamations issued in terms of other legislation. Recently ...
  • Konstitusionele voorskrifte rakende regspersone 

    Pienaar, Gerrit (1998)
    The interim Constitution of 1993 and the final Constitution of 1996 contain specific provisions applicable to juristic persons. Juristic persons are also entitled to the fundamental rights contained in the Bill of Rights ...
  • Die dialektiek in die waardes van die 1996 Grondwet 

    Swanepoel, J (1998)
    In his paper The Dialectics in the Values of the 1996 Constitution Jan Swanepoel discusses various value statements in the 1996 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and focuses the attention on indications of a ...
  • Die betekenis van die bepalings van die 1996 Grondwet: Die aanhef en hoofstuk 1 

    Venter, F (1998)
    The Preamble and Chapter 1 This contribution is intended to be the first installment of a systematic interpretation of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 1996. Due to the foundational and repetitive reference ...
  • Ubuntu and the law in South Africa 

    Mokgoro, Y (1998)
    The new constitutional dispensation, like the idea of freedom in South Africa, is also not free of scepticism. Many a time when crime and criminal activity are rife, sceptics would lament the absence of ubuntu in society ...
  • Constitutional law and international law at the turn of the century 

    Frowein, J A (1998)
    Constitutional law and international law operate in simultaneous conjunction and reciprocal tension. Both fields seem to have overcome the great challenges of destruction and neglect in the course of the 20th century. Both ...