South Africa’s No-Nonsense Revenge Porn Law

The newly signed bill by President Ramaphosa means no-nonsense approach by the South African government in the wake of gender-based violence and child abuse crimes that took centre-stage quite recently.

Best you get to know the definition of revenge porn and start having the conversation with your kids and family members.

#WHATIS: Revenge porn or revenge pornography is the distribution of sexually explicit images or video of individuals without their permission. The sexually explicit images or video may be made by a partner of an intimate relationship with the knowledge and consent of the subject, or it may be made without his or her knowledge.

What forms of transmission apply in cases of revenge-porn?

The content can be distributed via various digital platforms like social media, text messages, emails or even uploaded onto pornographic websites. The intention is usually to humiliate someone, or profit from intimate multimedia sent by an ex or a former partner – thus the term “revenge porn”.

If you’re found guilty of contravening this amended bill, you’re screwed. In every sense of the word

Revenge porn: What you can now be jailed for in South Africa

The newly signed bill by President Ramaphosa means no-nonsense approach by the South African government in the wake of gender-based violence and child abuse.

Citizens of the South Africa can now feel safer knowing these laws are in full force for those who actively try to shame someone by making their private life public.

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This is the breakdown of actions that will send you straight to jail

  • Knowingly distributing private sexual photographs or films without the prior consent of any individual featured.
  • Sharing these types of photos publicly with the intention to cause harm or distress.
  • Uploading private sexual photographs where the person can be clearly identified, or is named in any accompanying text.

Possible jail sentences and fines

Basic offences come with a maximum jail sentence of two years, and a fine rising to R150 000. However, if you post revenge porn which identifies the victim, both the prison time (four years) and the financial penalty (R300 000) double-up.

Stepping away from revenge porn legislation, Cyril has been working hard this week, and he’s also rolled-out the Electronic Deeds Registration System Act  The e-DRS system will enable the processing, preparation and lodgement of deeds and documents by conveyancers and the Registrar of Deeds over the internet.

The system is expected to help the government to reduce the time it takes to process deeds and furnish registered deeds and documents. The system also aims to improve transparency and allow for greater accuracy of examination and registration – something we can all get on board with

Source inputs: The South African

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