Legislation is law laid down by an organ of the state which has the power to do so. These laws are embodied in writing and are known as ‘statutes’ (or ‘acts’). In South Africa, Parliament is the highest organ that can pass legislation on the national level. The Constitution empowers Parliament to do so. There are also lower bodies, that can pass subordinate legislation such as municipalities that enact by-laws (Viljoen, D.K. (2010), Beginner's Guide for Law Students, 4th Edition, Juta Law, Cape Town).
Legislation is a primary source.
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Statutory materials such as the Acts of Paliament are officially published in the Government Gazette. They are also published in consolidated ("as amended") form by the major South African legal publishers, Juta and LexisNexis. The consolidated versions are available electronically on Jutastat Online, LexisNexis and Sabinet Legal.
The statutes are also available in hard copy in the library.
Statutes can also be found in electronic format on the UJ subscribed Databases.
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