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Juridical victimisation: a South African study


Oosthuizen, T, Juridical victimisation: a South African study, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 3, (10) pp. 23-29. ISSN 1833-1882 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Law as a formal system of rules and regulations guides and directs people's behaviour, obligations and expectations as well as their daily activities and interactions. Law should reflect and accommodate the interests of society. What impact will the law have if it does not reflect the interests of society? South Africa has a history of systematic political oppression resulting from legislation that emanated from the apartheid era. This involved dictatorship, arbitrary exercising of power, oppressive and repressive conduct, etc. This legislation attracted various forms of criminalisation as well as the use of violence and aggressive behaviour to enforce compliance with and/or to overcome resistance of such legislation. Oppressing members of the community through legislation into conformist behaviour may result in arbitrary victimization of the perpetrators of such laws. This paper proposes an overview of pre-democratic statutory victimisation as well as a brief evaluation of legislation promulgated in the post-democratic South Africa with a view of answering questions related to victimisation.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:law, legislation, victimisation, juridical victimisation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminological theories
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Civil justice
UTAS Author:Oosthuizen, T (Mrs Tersia Oosthuizen)
ID Code:150128
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-05-26
Last Modified:2022-05-30

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