In the light of the constitutional recognition of customary law as one of the
sources of our law, this article explores whether the Law of Evidence Amendment
Act 45 of 1988 is still relevant as a basis for its ascertainment during litigation.
The questions that are addressed deal with the status of customary law, whether
courts may take judicial notice thereof or whether it should be proved, and on
what basis? In short, the question is whether the constitutional recognition of
customary law has made any difference to prior evidentiary rules or practice with
regard to its application in court.