Assignment: What Is The Differences Between Law And Justice?

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1. What is the difference between law and justice?
My understanding of law is that: it is used to govern people. It is set by the government and law is followed by the people. Law is a set of rules as to how people belonging to a certain land/country should behave. These rules determine how a person should be treated and punished if he/she commits a crime. The fear of going against the law is what keeps everyone from being vigilantes or criminals; it’s the reason as to why you can feel safe to walk with your purse in public. The law protects every citizen but the law has to also be followed or you will face prosecution. Law is the mainframe of human rights as explained in the paragraph below.
Laws are rules that give us special privileges such as the freedom of speech, gender equality and the right to a free basic education. But not all countries have the same laws as South Africa; for instance countries in Asia do not given women equal rights as men and therefore those people do not enjoy the right of gender equality. In poorer third world countries, children do not have a right to a free basic education whilst in South Africa we are very privileged to have such liberty and a wide variety of human rights that protect us from abuse, hate crimes and humiliation (defamation of character, libel). Rights enable us to live in a more equitable and fair society; every human being has the same rights regardless of wealth, health, colour or creed.
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