Legal duty on the public and/or certain officials to conform with certain criminal law-related orders

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By Brig Dirk Lambrechts


A reader wants to know about all the orders contained in criminal law-related legislation which the public and/or certain officials must conform with – if and when required.


There are at least 18 such legal orders in criminal law-related legislation. Note that all emphases are added and all words inserted in square brackets, are by Pollex.

1. Section 110 of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 provides as follows:

“110. Reporting of abused or neglected child and child in need of care and protection

(1) Any correctional official, dentist, homeopath, immigration official, labour inspector, legal practitioner, medical practitioner, midwife, minister of religion, nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist, religious leader, social service professional, social worker, speech therapist, teacher, traditional health practitioner, traditional leader or member of staff or volunteer worker at a partial care facility, drop-in centre or child and youth care centre who on reasonable grounds concludes that a child has been abused in a manner causing physical injury, sexually abused or deliberately neglected, must report that conclusion in the prescribed form to a designated child protection organisation, the provincial department of social development or a police official.


[This is only an extract of an article that is published in Servamus: January 2024. This article is available for purchase.]

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