This article focuses on the experience of law and legality by a migrant street trader in post-apartheid South Africa. The
experiences of this stall vendor are analysed alongside theoretical notions of law and the legal system. The ways that law and
legality are constructed in everyday situations are highlighted by two events. In each social situation, legal texts were a central
element in the negotiation between the migrant and representatives of the South African state. In both cases the interpretation
of these texts reflected the power of those involved in negotiation rather than the abstract legal norms they represented.
Therefore, differences between individuals in social and political power are determining factors in the production of a legal
situation. This insight underlines a separation between the experience of law and the concept of legality in post-apartheid