Criminal Law


Criminal Law in South Africa is based on common law, case law, and legislation. In the definition of Van der Walt et al, a crime is “conduct which common or statute law prohibits and expressly or impliedly subjects to punishment remissible by the state alone and which the offender cannot avoid by his own act once he has been convicted.”  The standard of evidence in South Africa is Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt. This topic includes articles, analyses and insights relating to both national and international criminal law. Articles examine relevant court cases, judgments and regulatory developments in financial crimes, violent crimes, property crimes and other statutory offenses.


Beware Of Fraudulent Court Orders

Reliance on fake court orders is becoming more prevalent across Africa, including in South Africa, with fraudsters seeking to execute orders that have not been granted and/or properly issued by the registrar of the court, even going as far as to stamp the orders with…

A glitch in the matrix

South Africans are defrauded in excess of ZAR2.2 billion each year through online scams and cyber related crimes, according to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC). SABRIC CEO Kalyani Pillay says, “South Africa is one of the top targets …


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