This chapter discusses the historical development of the actio legis Aquiliae in South Africa. During the period under discussion the actio legis Aquiliae remained essentially Roman-Dutch in nature and application. Thus, the basic rules and principles concerning the requirements of liability like, especially: the notions of iniuria and culpa; the position concerning the liability of joint wrongdoers; and concerning title to sue (in cases not involving trespass) remained substantially unchanged. However, there were also numerous indications of further development and refinement of Aquilian principles in 19th-century South African case-law. They were entirely in accordance with the civilian character of the remedy and were not based on any bias towards English law.
Keywords: South African law; law of delict; actio legis Aquiliae; Roman-Dutch law; liability
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Subjects: History of Law
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