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J C de Wet

1912 - 1990

Author of legal publications
Professor fof Law at Stellenbosch University, 1942 - 1972

One of the greatest South African jurists

Johannes Christiaan de Wet was born on 13. 10. 1912 in Zastron. He attended school in Maclear and studied at Stellenbosch University (BA, cum laude, 1933, LLB, cum laude and LLD, 1938) and obtained a LLD from the University of Leiden.
1936: Joined Stellenbosch University as Senior Lecturer
1942 -1972: Professor at the Faculty of Law, SU
He taught Roman law and comparative law at Cape Town University from 1976 to 1981.

Awards and honours:

Stals Prize of Law 1962
Doctor honoris causa, University of Cape Town
Doctor honoris causa, RAU (Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit)

On the occasion of the centenary of his birth, a collection of essays was published in 2013:
G Lubbe and J du Plessis (Editors), A Man of Principle / 'n Man van Beginsel
The Life and Legacy of JC de Wet / Die Lewe en Nalatenskap van JC de Wet, (JUTA, 2013)
Contributors: Laurie Ackermann, Andreas van Wyk, Peet Nienaber, Hugh Corder, Reinhard Zimmermann, Charl Hugo, Gerhard Lubbe, Jacques du Plessis, Dale Hutchison, Philip Sutherland, Tjakie Naude, Franziska Myburgh, Hennie Erasmus, Callie Snyman, Gerhard Kemp and Max Loubser. The essays are in English and Afrikaans.


Strafreg (with H.L.Swanepoel), 1949
Kontraktereg en Handelsreg (with J.P. Yeats), 1947, (4th edition with A. van Wyk, 1978), Butterworths
Opuscula Miscellanea , Butterworths, 1981

Photo: J C de Wet, 1934, SU Archives

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