oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - The concept of dolus eventualis in South African law - an historical perspective

Volume 14 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



Dolus eventualis is manifestly the most important form of intention in practice in South African criminal law. It has received by far the most attention of all the forms of intention and is ""well-established, commonly invoked and much analysed"". Since the South African courts embrace the psychological concept of culpability, in terms of which the question whether an accused has acted intentionally depends solely on his or her subjective state of mind, dolus eventualis forms a cornerstone of criminal liability.

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