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ZUG1010 – Law of delict

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • First Semester 2017

15 Credits


The principal aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the legal principles and guidelines relating to wrongful acts (other than breaches of contract) resulting in patrimonial damage or injury to personality known as the law of delict. The approach taken in this module is founded on the understanding that for any act to be considered a delictual act, it must meet certain fundamental requirements. Therefore, this module will commence by describing the context and scope of the general principles of delict and then proceed to demonstrate how these general principles apply to specific delicts. The purpose of the module is for students to acquire sufficient understanding, as well as the requisite analytical and research skills needed to correctly deal with general and specific cases of delict within the South African context.


  • Identify the relevant legal sources applicable to the law of delict.
  • Analyse legal sources and correctly describe the relevant delictual principles from them.
  • Describe the manner in which the general principles of delict are applied to specific delicts.
  • Apply delictual principles to practical scenarios and provide clear and coherent advice.
  • Critique delictual principles within the context of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.
  • Apply delictual principles in a nuanced manner when solving practical scenarios.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.