Recognition of customary law comes through the south african constitution under section 211 although there is not a textual connection in the definition of customary law to the communities recognised in section 311 the application of african customary law acl is subject to the constitution as well as to any legislation that specifically deals with it. Introduction legal pluralism is a key feature of african legal systems the form of pluralism that permeates these systems derives from what is known as the principle of legal centrism which holds that all law emanates from the state and that rites developed and practiced by nonstate actors including religious and customary institutions are law only to the extent they are recognized by . African customary law customs and womens rights muna ndulo abstract the sources of law in most african countries are customary law the common law and legislation both colonial and post independence. Genesis of african customary law customary law is usually defined as a body of customs and traditions which regulates various kinds of relationships between members in community at various times customary law was defined using different names the term commonly used by legislation was native law and custom. The personal law of an african is the applicable customary law even though he may have lived a modern lifestyle there is nothing repugnant or immoral about luo customary law as a man cannot change his tribal origin the courts must be guided by that law in the case of luos
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