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Published: 07 April 2016

704 Pages | b/w illustrations


ISBN: 9780199046669

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Criminal Law in South Africa

Criminal Law in South Africa

Second Edition

Robin Palmer, Dumile Baqwa, Christopher Gevers, Brian Leslie, Anton Steynberg, Shelley Walker, and Gerhard Kemp

  • The text introduces several new statutory offences, for instance the criminal provisions of the Companies Act 71 of 2008, and treaty-based crimes such as terrorism, torture, and human trafficking.
  • To support coherent understanding, a new chapter offers a broad outline of the South African criminal procedure system.
  • To provide broad and comprehensive discussion of the subject matter, the text critically considers: the import of the Bill of Rights (such as the euthanasia debate, balanced with context relating to crimes against human life); comparative perspectives (for example, different approaches to corporate criminal liability); international law (notably, the application of international criminal law by South African courts).
  • The text uses numerous case illustrations to clarify criminal law principles and to support an applied understanding of the theory.
  • Discussion points, relating to moot and contentious issues, inspire formative debate and analysis, and develop essential skills in critical and reflective analysis.
  • An annexure which demonstrates a methodology for solving problems in criminal law assists readers to apply principles for solving legal problems.
  • The text is supported by a full glossary of relevant terms. This valuable tool assists language development, and builds knowledge and precise understanding of technical legal terminology and concepts.

New to this Edition:

  • Text is generally updated to address various legal developments.
  • New content: Brief outline of the procedural conduct of a trial (new chapter). Protection of Personal Information Act of 2013 (new section). New statutory offences: Human Trafficking (brief discussion in 1/e) Prevention of Torture (brief discussion in 1/e) Possession of Dangerous Weapons. Cybercrime: discussion of the implications integrated within relevant specific offences.
  • Expanded discussion: Dolus eventualis: updated to reflect recent development and new cases in this area (S v Humphries). Includes a discussion box about the Oscar Pistorius murder case. - Terrorism - Kidnapping - Extortion - Housebreaking - Termination of pregnancy (technical complexities in the legislation make this area confusing)
  • Discussion boxes: Additional, new discussion boxes added.
  • Ancillary material enhanced: - Question bank expanded with additional problem questions NEW: A step-by-step guide to problem-solving skills development, for students.
  • Glossary: revised and expanded.