Violence and the Law: the Use of the Censure in Political Trials in South Africa

  • Dennis M. Davis

Abstract

The law works with a concept of violence which can be defined as follows: an act of violence occurs when injury or suffering is inflicted upon a person/s by an agent knows (or might reasonably have known), that his actions would result in the harm in question. Thus the crime of public violence for example is defined as consisting of the unlawful and intentional commission by a number of people acting in concert of acts of serious dimensions which are intended forcibly to disturb public peace or security or to invade the rights of others.1

Keywords

Explosive Arena Tempo Defend Stake 

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© N. Chabani Manganyi and André du Toit 1990

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