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The South African Constitution: Access a Comprehensive Collection of Journals

The South African Constitution is the supreme law of the country. The Constitutional Court approved it on 4 December 1996, though it only came in effect at the start of February 1997. With no other law being higher or enjoying supremacy above the South African Constitution, it is the epitome of the South African laws.

The South African Constitution forms the legal base for the rights and obligations of the country’s citizens. It, furthermore, gives validity to the Government’s structure and replaced the Interim Constitution of 1993. However, many amendments have been made to the Constitution since its inception in 1997.

Even though at minimum, 17 amendment acts have been applied to make changes to the South African Constitution, these acts do not receive numbers. The Constitution consists of the following chapters, each with its own categories:

  • Chapter 1 covers the founding provisions.
  • Chapter 2 provides details of the Bill of Rights.
  • Chapter 3 covers the relationship of state organs on national, provincial, and local levels.
  • Chapter 4 deals with the parliament as the legislative part of the Government.
  • Chapter 5 addresses the powers of the president and the National Executive structures.
  • Chapter 6 defines the structure and powers of the nine provinces in the country.
  • Chapter 7 addresses the local government framework and roles of municipalities.
  • Chapter 8 defines the judicial system structure.
  • Chapter 9 addresses the institutions to cover democracy, including the state prosecutor office.
  • Chapter 10 addresses the public administration principles.
  • Chapter 11 sets the structures for state security, including civilian control.
  • Chapter 12 covers the rights, roles, and obligations of traditional leaders.
  • Chapter 13 deals with public finance principles, structures, and support.
  • Chapter 14 covers general provisions.

It also contains a set of schedules, such as schedule 1, which describes the country’s flag, and schedule 2 covering the oaths that judges and political office bearers must take. Schedule 7 covers repealed laws.

With it being the highest law of the country, it often forms the focus of law studies and research. Whether you need to do research in preparation for a court case, appeal to the Constitutional Court, or complete a Master’s thesis, you will appreciate the comprehensiveness of our online collection.

The comprehensive collection of publications includes numerous law journal titles and full-text articles. Some examples of relevant journal titles are briefly noted below.

African Journal of Democracy and Governance

Published by the Institute for Democracy, Governance, Peace and Development in Africa, the quarterly peer-reviewed and inter-disciplinary journal contains essays, notes, book reviews, articles, and editorials on the topics of governance, democracy, and peace development on the continent. It provides a platform for discussions, and a repository of high-quality academic work relevant to the development of peace, governance, and democracy. The journal is published in English and French. The title was listed among the journals approved by the Norwegian List of Accredited Journals in October 2017. It is also accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Our collection includes everything from Volume 1, Issue 1 of 2014 to the present.

Institute for Security Studies Papers

Published by the Institute for Security Studies, the papers are published on an irregular basis and the publication in its original form is now inactive. The papers are available in several other reports, including the Africa Report and South Africa Report. The papers provide a credible platform for research in progress. Our collection includes everything from Issue 1 of February 1996 to the present. Even though the publication is no longer active, it is continued by several reports as mentioned earlier. Use the search facility to find full-text articles in the above and many other journals forming part of the collection for research on the South African Constitution.

Access the Southern African Journal of Criminology and Related Law Publications

Our comprehensive collection includes a wide range of law-related publications, including the likes of the Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology.

The highly acclaimed Southern African Journal of Criminology is a peer-reviewed academic publication that focuses on professional discussions and the publishing of relevant results from research on crime and victimisation, power abuse, conflict, and defiance.

The respected Southern African Journal of Criminology is relevant to academics in the southern parts of Africa, and it deals extensively with conflict-related topics and crime. It is a Department of Education approved and accredited publication. It is published on a regular basis by the Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA). Academics and researchers alike, in addition to specialist crime investigators, benefit from the peer-reviewed content offered in this publication.

The above and many other acclaimed and peer-reviewed academic publications covering topics of justice, law, and crime can be accessed through our online platform. Indeed, our online collection is one of the most comprehensive of its kind when it comes to African journals. We provide subscription-based and open-access publications as part of our collection, giving academics, graduates, researchers, librarians, and students access to scholarly articles, studies, and findings.

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The South African Constitution and Related Topics Covered in Full-Text Journal Articles

As a well-known and respected information access provider within the South African information industry, our international online platform provides access to scholarly, law, and trade journals for research on topics such as the South African Constitution. Our platform is dynamic, and with a growing collection of peer-reviewed and credible articles, we provide a one-stop access point for business leaders, students, academics, graduates, and information specialists to find information and relevant publications from Africa within a global context.

The topics covered range from the South African Constitution to law cases, business articles, and science studies, to name only a few. We have one of the largest collections of African journals. With more than 350 000 full-text articles and 430 unique journal titles, the collection is set to meet your information and research needs.

Our collection is searchable using the standard or advanced search facilities, helping you to find relevant articles and publications. The collection focuses on information that has originated on the African continent and all the full-text articles are available in electronic format, making it exceptionally easy and cost effective to perform a literature study for a master’s degree or doctorate.

The journal collection includes titles in subject categories such as labour, religion, humanities, law, education, business and finance, medicine and health, science, technology, and agriculture. We also provide access to the African Journal Archive, thus ensuring that your every information need is met. The collection is ever-growing with titles relevant to our subscriber needs.

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African Human Rights Publications and Journals

Gain Access to Scholarly Articles on African Human Rights

With over 500 scholarly and credible journal titles, specifically related to information about Africa or information originating in Africa, our online platform is one of the most comprehensive of its kind. With well over 350 000 full-text articles from peer-reviewed and recognised publishers, our platform is the perfect starting point to gain access to publications specifically related to African human rights.

Below is an introduction to some of the publications and article titles in our collection on the topic of African human rights.

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African Research Journals: The Importance of African Content in Research

African Research Journals

Technology has allowed us to share information effortlessly and on a global scale. As a result, the planet’s population is moving ever closer to a universal knowledge-base. However, while the concept of universally shared and accepted knowledge is possible, it cannot exist (at least in the foreseeable future) because of a single factor; the individual knowledge of nations, such as that contained in African research journals.

Sarpong (2002) wrote that a people’s approach to knowledge and science (and the investigation thereof) cannot be removed from its history. African content is thus important in relation to research for the following reasons:

1. It Allows for Comprehensive Research

Even if the topic being researched stems from a foreign school of thought, African content is important for comprehensive research. The African literature on the topic might provide supporting or sometimes opposing evidence, making the research on the topic more complete. And, when it comes to research, it is often desirable to include other perspectives in order to validate the position of the research.

2. It Is Absolutely Relevant to African Studies

When it comes to researching African-centric topics, African content is invaluable, for obvious reasons. There is no better perspective on the topics relevant to African development than that portrayed in the literature and journal entries published in Africa by Africans.

3. It Portrays Development over Important Fields

Historical views on certain topics might not always be consistent with modern thinking, but they are always important when it comes to research. This is true for a number of reasons, but one definite advantage of historical literature is the fact that it can be used to portray development over certain fields, and present an accurate time-frame for that development.

Sabinet provides access to the African Journal Archive, which covers historical writings on a variety of topics, including politics, history, geology, education, law, medicine, botany, agriculture, and zoology.

Sabinet’s African ePublications

The African Journal Archive was sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in an effort to preserve the important literature of Africa and make it available for research projects. The result is a collection of journal articles covering the topics mentioned above, and dating back to 1906.

The African Journal Archive contains more than 182 African journals, incorporating over 150,000 articles, which are full-text and fully searchable through our information services.

To learn more about this service and how you might access it, be sure to contact Sabinet right away.

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Sabinet Monitoring Services work to compile all the movements in terms of legislation and feed it to you as it happens. It uses up-to-the-minute research on Bills and Draft Bills to notify you of changes before they happen, keeping you always ahead of the curve when it comes to important legislation being passed.

You have the power to decide when you would like to be notified of events, depending on your choice of service, meaning that you could potentially receive real-time updates of important events sourced from Sabinet monitoring articles, press releases, opinion pieces, speeches, and statements.

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