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We are fearless and free' (147). Such an attitude produced in response a greater emphasis on force and punishment. It contributed to the sense of righteous implacability that was the primary spirit of law making and enforcement. The movement truly tested the limits of the law-making and lawenforcing power. As Gandhi wrote in his concluding remarks on his South African experience, capturing the essence of the legal culture: `A thing acquired by violence can be retained by violence alone' (306).
As Clifford has said: `These suddenly ``backward'' people no longer invent local futures . . [they are] tied to their traditional pasts, inherited structures that either resist or yield to the new but cannot produce it' (1988: 5). While Europe's past became the future, Africa's present was frozen in an imagined past. The creation of the Roman-Dutch law was mirrored by the simultaneous creation of a customary law with even more limited ownership. Appropriated from Africans, who ceased to be either its authoritative source or transmitters, the state's `customary law' was impenetrable to nearly all white lawyers and judges as well.
In returning to complete the study after a long break, I found that the present had changed the past. As the present changes, so do the historical narratives that lead to and beyond it. And different questions require answers. 28 Puzzles, paradigms and problems Speci®cally the period which is now the subject of this book has immediate relevance as that in which the South African state was ®rst made. It has an immediacy of connection with a time in which that state is being radically reconstructed.