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.


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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The complication of assisted suicide
The complication of assisted suicide

INTRODUCTION “If I cannot give consent to my own death, whose body is this? Who owns my life“? Canadian ‘right to die activist’, Sue Rodriguez. Assisted suicide is by far, one of the most controversial topics to be discussed. There are many…
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