Towards a post-conquest South Africa: Beyond the constitution of 1996

Mogobe Bernard Ramose*

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The purpose of this essay is to critique the constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 in the light of the just war doctrine. The critique of the constitution involves special attention to the putative acquisition but practical exercise of the ethically questionable ‘right of conquest’ and its consequences, especially in the epistemological, economic and political spheres. The thesis defended in this essay is that the multi-faced injustice of conquest in an unjust war is still an ethical exigency demanding remedies despite the enactment of the constitution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-341
Number of pages16
JournalSouth African Journal on Human Rights
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2018


  • Colonialism
  • Constitution
  • Epistemic justice
  • Ethics
  • Just war
  • Right of conquest
  • Ubuntu


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