chapter  1
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The citizen and the constitution

In his textbook Constitutional & Administrative Law (1997), Brian Thompson makes reference to our constitutional jigsaw. The various pieces within this jigsaw are the institutions, of various shapes and sizes, which are fitted together by the constitution to give a complete picture of government within our State. To facilitate the process of bringing these various institutional pieces together we identify three areas into which these organs of State may fit. These areas relate to the three branches of government: executive, legislature and judiciary. The function of organs within the executive branch is to formulate policies and have conduct of administration within the State. The function of organs within the legislature is to legislate and thereby translate such policies into law. The task of the judicial branch is to adjudicate in instances of dispute and thereby enforce the laws of the State.