Before the institution of mainstream legal systems, Africans had long enacted their own ways of decreeing justice and safeguarding the well-being of people in their tribe and neighbourhood.
An injustice would usually be quelled with the help of elders or tribal leaders. The accuser would use the proper channels to lodge a complaint or problem with the accused, then customary practices would be used to rectify the situation.
The introduction of Western law practices has changed how some Africans get the justice they feel they deserve. Others, however, have stuck to the olden ways and still practice to this day.
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