oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The psychopath in South African criminal and mental health law, Part 1*; Part 2**

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



Quite apart from conviction of crime, a psychopath under the South African Mental Health Act of 1 973, may be civilly committed and held until the danger he is presumed to present is past. This model follows similar legislation in other countries which is based on the assumption that a treatment approach to the repetitive offender is more enlightened and will produce better results for the protection of society and even for the offender than the traditional penal paradigm.

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