CRIMINALISATION OF THE VIOLATION OF A GRAVE AND THE VIOLATION OF A DEAD BODY
Keywords:violating a grave, violating a dead body, boni mores, constitutional values
The history and functioning of the common law crimes of violating a grave and violating a dead body are discussed in the context of their continued role in modern South African society. It is submitted that these crimes remain both useful and a significant indicator of the boni mores, and indeed that the rationale for their continued existence has been bolstered by the infusion of constitutional values into
criminal law jurisprudence.
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