Month: March 2014

Summonses & written notices issued under the Criminal Procedure Act

Important advisory regarding summonses issued under the Criminal Procedure Act.
Issued by Justice Project South Africa (NPC) in the interests of public awareness
Authored by Howard Dembovsky

Executive Summary

Next to actually going to jail, incurring a criminal record is one of the most serious things that can happen to anyone.  It is part of the deterrent factor that laws and law enforcement tries to project in order to instil and maintain law and order.

But when people incur criminal records on an arbitrary, wholesale basis because they have been misled into believing that the “responsible thing to do” is to pay their traffic fines, a grotesque perversion and miscarriage of justice can be the only result. Continue reading