oa De Rebus - Inexpensive civil remedy for harassment : the Protection from Harassment Act : candidate attorney feature

Volume 2013, Issue 532
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



27 April 2013 marked more than just Freedom Day for South Africans, as the long-awaited Protection from Harassment Act 17 of 2011 (the Act) came into operation.

Victims of harassment by means of abusive electronic communication via social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and Mxit; as well as sexual harassment; stalking; and school bullying, have greater protection following the enactment of the Act.
Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesperson for the Justice Department, is reported as stating that the legislation was introduced due to the significant increase in the number of harassment complaints ( 'New Act could protect youth from harassment on social media' 30-4-2013 (www.enca.com/south-africa/new-act-could-protect-youth-harassment-social-media, accessed 2-5-2013)).

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