Notes (in shaded boxes), in both English and Afrikaans, intersperse the judgments at appropriate places to explain aspects arising in the case, what the legal issue are and how the court approached these questions.
This commentary threads through each chapter as the topics covered move from the relevance of evidence, hearsay, admissions and confessions, to the stages in the trial procedure and the presentation of oral evidence.
These foundations were often waste fabrics of different weights, perhaps recycled, and in the days before sewing machines were widely available, would be almost impossible to quilt through by hand.Early blocks were almost always pieced on fabric foundations.The older Log Cabin quilts are often scrappy rather than color coordinated.The author S S Terblance BIur LLB LLD, and the editor B C Naudé LLB LLM LLD, both Professors in the Department of Criminal and Procedural Law of the University of South Africa, have expertly combined their academic and practical experience to produce a valuable resource that addresses the core of this vital aspect of the criminal justice system. Van der Merwe, also available in Afrikaans as Beginsels van Bewyssreg.Reading these measured judgments and the reasoned, rational and logical manner in which the judges apply the principles of evidence to the facts, one cannot but reflect with gratitude on the erudition and intellectual rigour they bring to the task, particularly in a world of falsehoods, fake news, fabrications, alternative facts and virtual reality. Primarily aimed at students of criminal procedure, this comprehensive guide to the legislation framing criminal procedure in South Africa will also be welcomed by legal practitioners, judicial officers, law enforcement officials and crime investigators.