Self defence and why it’s a knotty issue in criminal law

Kyle Rittenhouse
Photo credit: AFP

What you need to know:

  • Despite the fact that the two victims who were fatally shot were unarmed, Rittenhouse claimed in court that he acted in self-defence.
  • Where self-defence was considered a defence was in the South African case of Sarah Mugwena against the Minister of Safety and Security.

The verdicts in two criminal cases in the United States of America, which came within the last fortnight, have gripped the world, and especially, civil rights activist and persons interested in general criminal law on the scope of self defence as a defence to murder.

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