Towards Republican Citizenship: A Reflection on the Jurisprudence of Former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo

Authors

  • Jonathan Klaaren University of Witwatersrand

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25159/2522-6800/3571

Keywords:

citizenship, republican tradition, economic and political participation, permanent residents, socio-economic rights

Abstract

In modern scholarship, the analysis and use of the term ‘citizenship’ takes many forms and engages many disciplines and intellectual traditions. Ngcobo CJ has been at the centre of a fundamental debate over the meaning of citizenship that has developed in South Africa’s post-apartheid constitutional democracy. Drawing on previous research, the article briefly sketches what might be termed the republican tradition of democratic thought. It then provides an analysis of several significant cases in which Ngcobo CJ participated and the resolution of which he influenced. The article argues that consistent with and indeed constructive of an emerging republican tradition of democratic constitutionalism in South Africa, Ngcobo’s jurisprudential contributions recognise and articulate the public-spiritedness that the Republic of South Africa demands of each of its citizens.

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Published

2018-08-06

How to Cite

Klaaren, Jonathan. 2018. “Towards Republican Citizenship: A Reflection on the Jurisprudence of Former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo”. Southern African Public Law 32 (1&2):13 pages. https://doi.org/10.25159/2522-6800/3571.
Received 2017-11-30
Accepted 2017-12-06
Published 2018-08-06