[30 May 2013] The Protection from Harassment Act 17 of 2011 (“the PFHA”) came into force on 27 April 2013.
The intention of the PFHA is to provide victims of harassment with an inexpensive and effective remedy against the person harassing them. Harassment is very widely defined and can include causing harm or a reasonable anticipation of harm through electronic communications such as email. The PFHA is relevant to providers of electronic communications services because it creates a procedure under which a magistrate’s court can issue a directive to an electronic communications service provider (ECSP) to provide it with information about
- the sender of harassing communications and
- the harassing communications themselves.
Protection from Harassment Act 2010 (Act 17 of 2011)