Crimen injuria

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Crimen injuria is a crime under South African common law, defined to be the act of "unlawfully, intentionally and seriously impairing the dignity of another."[1] Although difficult to precisely define, the crime is used in the prosecution of certain instances of road rage,[2] stalking,[1] racially offensive language,[3] emotional or psychological abuse[4] and sexual offences against children.[5] The Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard numerous cases of crimen injuria, usually coupled with assault, committed by intelligence services on both sides of the struggle against apartheid.

Etymology[edit]

The phrase crimen injuria is Latin, short for crimen injuria datum, meaning "offence committed without lawful cause".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Clark, DM (2003). South African Law Reform Commission Issue Paper 22 Project 130: Stalking. [1]: South African Law Commission. ISBN 0-621-34410-9. 
  2. ^ "Topic:Road Rage". Sector Policing. South African Police Service. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  3. ^ Hanti, Otto (2006-08-09). "Man fined after racial slur to top judge". IOL. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  4. ^ Paralegal Advice Website, Chapter 7: Family Law and Violence against Women. [2]: Paralegal Advice. 2006. 
  5. ^ van Niekerk, Joan (2003). South African Law Reform Commission Issue Paper 10 Project 108: Sexual Offences Against Children. [3]: South African Law Commission. ISBN 0-621-27352-X.