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The harmonisation of good faith and ubuntu in the South African common law of contract

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dc.contributor.advisor Hawthorne, L. (Luanda)
dc.contributor.author Du Plessis, Hanri Magdalena
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-12T09:39:35Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-12T09:39:35Z
dc.date.issued 2017-11
dc.date.submitted 2018-02-12
dc.identifier.citation Du Plessis, Hanri Magdalena (2017) The harmonisation of good faith and ubuntu in the South African common law of contract, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/23606>
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/23606
dc.description.abstract The legal historical development of fairness in the South African common law of contract is investigated in the context of the political, social and economic developments of the last four centuries. It emerges that the common law of contract is still dominated by the ideologies of individualism and economic liberalism which were imported from English law during the nineteenth century. Together with the theories of legal positivism and formalism which are closely related to parliamentary sovereignty and the classical rule of law, these ideals were transposed into the common law of contract through the classical model of contract law which emphasises freedom and sanctity of contract and promotes legal certainty. This approach resulted in the negation of the court’s equitable discretion and the limitation of good faith which sustain the social and economic inequalities that were created under colonialism and exacerbated under apartheid rule. In stark contrast, the modern human rights culture grounded in human dignity and aimed at the promotion of substantive equality led to the introduction of modern contract theory in other parts of the world. The introduction of the Constitution as grounded in human dignity and aimed at the achievement of substantive equality has resulted in a sophisticated jurisprudence on human dignity that reflects a harmonisation between its Western conception as based on Kantian dignity and ubuntu which provides an African understanding thereof. In this respect, ubuntu plays an important role in infusing the common law of contract with African values and in promoting substantive equality between contracting parties in line with modern contract theory. It is submitted that this approach to human dignity should result in the development of good faith into a substantive rule of the common law of contract which can be used to set aside an unfair contract term or the unfair enforcement thereof. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vi, 447 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Bona fides en
dc.subject Classical law of contract en
dc.subject Contractual autonomy en
dc.subject Equality en
dc.subject Equity en
dc.subject Fairness en
dc.subject Freedom en
dc.subject Good faith en
dc.subject Human dignity en
dc.subject Human dignity as empowerment en
dc.subject Human dignity as constraint en
dc.subject Kantian ethics en
dc.subject Modern theory of contract law en
dc.subject Open norms en
dc.subject Public policy en
dc.subject Rule of law en
dc.subject Sanctity of contracts en
dc.subject Social justice and transformation en
dc.subject Substantive equality en
dc.subject Transformative constitutionalism en
dc.subject Ubuntu en
dc.subject.ddc 346.22068
dc.subject.lcsh Contracts -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Common law -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Good faith (Law) -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Equality before the law -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Respect of persons -- Law and legislation -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Law -- South Africa -- History en
dc.subject.lcsh Constitutional law -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Ubuntu (Philosophy) en
dc.title The harmonisation of good faith and ubuntu in the South African common law of contract en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Private Law en
dc.description.degree LL. D.


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