Criminal law

January 15, 2020

A SHORT TEMPER WILL NOT GO A LONG WAY

A client poses a question to their attorney: My ex-boyfriend (Y) saw me and my new love interest (X) at a restaurant. Y aggressively confronted me […]
January 15, 2020

LIGHTS, CAMERA, LINE UP

The cautionary approach is effectively summed up in the case of S v Mthetwa where the presiding officer noted that the honesty of the identifying witness should be […]
November 7, 2019

THE PROSECUTION OF CYBERCRIME IN SOUTH AFRICA

The prosecution of cybercrime in South Africa is regulated by the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 (“the ECTA”) and the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity […]
January 8, 2019

THE CANNABIS JUDGMENT: IS IT LEGAL NOW?

Cannabis has historically been criminalised in South Africa. It has, until recently, been a criminal offence to possess, cultivate or use cannabis. However, this position has […]
January 8, 2019

THE CYBERCRIMES BILL: MALICIOUS MESSAGING OVER SOCIAL MEDIA COULD SEND YOU TO JAIL

South Africans will soon have to be much more careful and think twice about the messages they send over WhatsApp and other social media platforms, as […]
June 7, 2018

CAN THE POLICE SEARCH A PERSON WITHOUT A WARRANT OF ARREST?

This article focuses on primarily whether the police may search a person without a warrant of arrest. On the face of it, it would appear that […]
April 11, 2018

BAIL IN SOUTH AFRICA

In any court case when a person is arrested, the accused person remains to be presumed not guilty until the court finds such person guilty.  In […]
July 11, 2017

VIGILANTLY OR CRIMINAL? TAKING THE LAW INTO MY OWN HANDS

If someone gets something of theirs stolen, they might be tempted to go take it back, by force if necessary. However, that would be considered illegal […]
July 11, 2017

WHAT IF YOU’VE BEEN A VICTIM OF CYBERCRIME?

In the modern age, more and more criminals are exploiting the speed, convenience and anonymity of the internet to commit a diverse range of criminal activities […]