Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
22 Jun 2022
6:32 am

You could be prosecuted for shooting in self-defence if you don’t know law

Sipho Mabena

Keep a lawyer’s number on speed dial for when you need it, says expert.

Self-defence. Picture: iStock

With SA’s violent crime crisis, showing more than 6,000 people were murdered in the first quarter alone, self-defence has become a difference between life and death. However, in a criminal justice system gripped by corruption and incompetence, experts warn ignorance and lack of legal advice could result in wrongful arrest and prosecution for self-defence. Imagine it is 2am and you hear what sounds like a door breaking and people whispering in your home. There is no way police, security or even a neighbourhood watch could intervene when attackers are already inside your house. Defending your family and lawfully armed, you...