Girls arrested for crimen injuria after social media posts

According to the communication officer of the police in Khutsong, Captain Eddie Boboko, the police were called to attend to a complaint of mob justice in Khutsong South Extension 1, commonly known as Phase 2, on Monday at around 11:00.
Upon their arrival, the police heard that three girls, aged 15, 16 and 20 years old, were being accused of publishing random negative messages about other community members on a chain message social network group previously known as “Toilet”.
“Some of the community members were affected and reported the matter to the police. A case of crimen injuria was opened and the three suspects appeared in the Khutsong Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 9 October,” says Boboko.
Crimen injuria is a crime under South African common law, defined to be the act of “unlawfully, intentionally and seriously impairing the dignity of another.” Boboko added that, “according to information we received, this kind of behaviour always starts around October.”
He added that he and Khutsong’s social crime prevention officer, Const Dyosini, will not allow young girls to be-come involved in bad behaviour. They will create awareness at schools and in the community.
The station commander of Khutsong Police Station, Col Melinda Prinsloo, requested that the community not take the law into their hands and that theyreport those who break the law.
She also mentioned that whoever uses social media must refrain from publishing injurous comments about other people. Those who continue with this will be arrested and prosecuted if complaints are received from community members.

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