n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Corporate homicide

Volume 17, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



South African law treats corporate homicide in a differential manner to other forms of culpable homicide. In particular, the limitations on delictual remedies prejudice the dependants of a deceased employee. It is the argument of this article that a more vigorous intervention by criminal law agencies is needed to bring about corporate resolve to avoid workplace deaths. The current limitation of criminal sanctions to a fine is explored and compared to other innovative sanctions which have the potential to both deter and rehabilitate corporate offenders. Beyond punishment, there is a need for pre-emptive measures, such as the development and adherence to Codes of Good Practice, to create new norms and develop corporate vigilance and responsibility.

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