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In a significant stride towards fostering legal discourse and advancing societal progress, the University of Fort Hare's (UFH) Faculty of Law marked a pivotal moment today with the launch of a book titled: “Enforcing Accountability, Consolidating Democracy and Compelling Sustainable Development in the 21st Century,” edited by four scholars from the Faculty and Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga.

This landmark event was followed by a thought-provoking and insightful panel discussion focusing on the consolidation and modification of African Customary Law, spearheaded by none other than Justice Madlanga (Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa)

The two events held at the Miriam Makeba Arts Centre on the East London Campus saw revered legal practitioners such as the Judge President of the Eastern Cape Division of the High Court, legal scholars, traditional leaders, community members, and students converge to witness the dynamics of law in action.

The publication, which emanated from the Southern African Law Teachers’ Conference hosted by UFH in 2022, brings together diverse perspectives from scholars and industry experts, addressing modern issues like sustainable development, e-hailing drivers' legal status, and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

Edited by four esteemed scholars from the Law Faculty, namely: Prof Patrick Osode; Prof Mzukisi Njotini (UFH Dean of Law) Prof Enyinna Nwauche; Prof Nomthandazo Ntlama-Makhanya and Justice Madlanga, the book delves into themes of accountability, democracy and governance, offering insights into South African realities and global challenges.

The book's diverse chapters, addressing subjects from land rights to technology regulation, make it a compelling read and reference for a wide audience including legal practitioners, students, and individuals intrigued by societal approaches to critical challenges. Watch the book launch here: Faculty of Law - Book Launch (

The panel members for the discussion titled: “Consolidating and Modifying African Customary Law,” comprised:

Prof Sakhela Buhlungu -UFH Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Judge Selby Mbenenge - Judge President of Eastern Cape Division of the High Court

Judge MI Madondo - - Retired Judge at the KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court

Mr EB Ngubane – Chief Magistrate at the Durban Magistrate’s Court

Nkosi N Dumisile – Chief of the AmaJingqi Traditional Council

Chief CG Mdutshane – Chief of the Xopozo Traditional Council in Flagstaff

Prof Ntlama-Makhanya

Prof Moses Retselisitsoe Phooko – Prof and Chair of the UFH UNESCO OR Tambo Chair

The discussion explored the intersection between tradition and modernity, examining the evolving role of African Customary Law within the contemporary legal framework, and the ongoing efforts to consolidate and modify its application in a rapidly changing society.

A robust dialogue between the panel and the guests provided an invaluable platform for deep exploration into the enduring resilience and adaptability of this esteemed legal tradition, enlightening its ongoing influence on legal discourse and community norms.

Watch the discussion here: Panel Discussion - Consolidating and Modifying African Customary Law (