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Title:Swazi Law and Custom in the Kingdom of Swaziland
Author:Whelpton, F.R. Van R.
Periodical:South African Journal of Ethnology
Geographic term:Swaziland - Eswatini
customary law
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Abstract:This article deals with Swazi law and custom in the legal system of Swaziland. After independence Swaziland's constitution preserved some of its traditional institutions. In some respects Swazi law and custom seems incompatible with Western human rights norms, e.g. the Western concept of 'human rights' and the Swazi concept of 'human dignity' and the role of the family. The current Swazi social order is dynamic: rapid and domestic change is clearly evident in domestic relationship. There is sufficient evidence that Swazi law and custom has the capacity to adapt to economic, social and environmental changes. Modernization, however, is necessary to adapt antiquated rules.