WHEN CAN I FIRE? Use of lethal force to defend property

  • Anton du Plessis Institute for Security Studies
Keywords: property, use of force, South Africa, human rights, constitution


Can you use lethal force to protect your property, and if so, when? South Africans are confused about how much force they can use in defending themselves from crime, and mistakes in this area could have disastrous consequences. While the law remains unclear, the constitutional right to life is likely to be given precedence over the right to protect property.

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