Criminal Law

Criminal Law News & Insights

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.


State Capture Inquiry Regulations amended
State Capture Inquiry Regulations amended

The Regulations of the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector Including Organs of State have been amended. The presidency published Proclamation 24 in Government Gazette 43563. The Inquiry’s Terms of…
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Impact of COVID-19 on justice system under the spotlight
Impact of COVID-19 on justice system under the spotlight

As part of the continuity plan of the justice system, the justice and correctional services minister, Ronald Lamola, indicated that government will consider the implications (short-and medium-term) of the COVID-19 pandemic for the needs of the people as it relates…
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