n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Contextualising the phenomenon of cyber stalking and protection from harassment in South Africa

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



There is a scarcity of knowledge production with regards to cyber stalking as a manifestation of cybercrime in the South African context. This article attempts to make a contribution towards an understanding of some of the aspects involved in the process of cyber stalking, especially since cyber stalking in South Africa is expected to increase as the Internet continues to grow in popularity. The discussion centres on the nature of cyber stalking, incorporating the international prevalence of this form of stalking, and distinguishes cyber stalking from traditional stalking. Additionally, the behaviours associated with cyber stalking, the offenders and victims involved, as well as an examination of the role of social networks, are outlined. Since it took significant legislative demarcation and clarification to enhance the efficacy thereof, the article concludes with a discussion of reactive South African protective measures contained in legislation regarding cyber stalking, namely the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002, the Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998 and the Protection from Harassment Act 17 of 2011.

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