Denying people the right to opt out of the traditional court system conflicts with the notion of customary law as a voluntary and consensual system of law.
The early Australian colony of thieves was all about crime and crime control; the details, from the mid-1800s, were published in what came to be known as the Police Gazette. Now it’s been visualised.
There are two histories of dagga in South Africa - the one of criminalising it and the other of the state trying to make money off it.
The unstable authoritarian pathway that many post-colonial African states followed was facilitated by the way in which European empires undermined democratic elements within African societies.
The recent ruling to decriminalize same sex behaviour in Botswana may have a positive impact on the rest of southern Africa.