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Protection from Harassment Act, 2011 (Act 17 of 2011)

HarassmentA remedy against harassment
Parliament has enacted the Protection from Harassment Act, 2011 (Act 17 of 2011), to protect persons against harassment. The Act aims to provide a remedy in the form of a protection which would prohibit aperson from harassing another person. If the harasser breaches a protection order he or she commits an offence which is punishable with a
fine or a period of imprisonment.

What is harassment?
Harassment is where one person engages in any unreasonable conduct which causes mental, psychological, physical or economic harm to another person.

What can you do when you are the victim of harassment?
You can apply for a protection order against the person who is harassing you at a magistrates court. In addition to the application for a protection order you may also lodge a criminal complaint against the harasser if the harassing conduct amounts to an offence.


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  • J37 - Form 1: Information notice to complainant or person who applies for protection order on behalf of complainant (Regulation 2)
    Afrikaans - isiNdebele - isiXhosa - isiZulu - siSwati - Sepedi - Setswana - Shangaan - Tshivenda
  • J59 - Form 2: Application for protection order (Regulation 3)
  • J62 - Form 3 : Interim protection order (Regulation 4)
  • J72 - Form 4: Notice to respondent to show cause (Regulation 5)
  • J74 - Form 5: Direction to electronic communications service provider to furnish information to court (Regulation 7)
  • J75 - Form 6: Affidavit by electronic communications service provider to furnish
    information to court (Regulation 8(3))
  • J77 - Form 7: Application by electronic communications service provider for extension of period within which information must be provided to court or cancellation of direction (Regulation 9)
  • J80 - Form 8: Request for additional evidence by way of affidavit from electronic
    communications service provider (Regulation 10(1))
  • J81 - Form 9: Affidavit by electronic communications service provider to furnish
    additional evidence to court (Regulation 10(4))
  • J89 - Form 10: Decision of court (Regulation 11)
  • J92 - Form 11: Direction to station commander to investigate complaint of harassment in order to determine name and address or any other information which may be required to identify or trace respondent (Regulation 13)
  • J100 - Form 12: Affidavit by member of South African Police Service to furnish information to court (Regulation 14)
  • J103 - Form13: Application by station commander for extension of period within which information must be provided to court or cancellation of direction (Regulation 15)
  • J118 - Form 14: Request for additional evidence (Regulation 16(1))
  • J120 - Form 15: Affidavit by station commander to furnish additional information to court (Regulation 16(4)
  • J121 - Form 16: Decision of court (Regulation 17)
  • J122 - Form 17: Affidavit by member of South African Police Service to furnish information to court (Regulation 18)
  • J134 - Form 18: Subpoena (Regulation 19)
  • J135 - Form 19: Final protection order (Regulation 20(1))
  • J150 - Form 20: Warrant of arrest (Regulation 22)
  • J154 - Form 21: Affidavit for purposes of further warrant of arrest (Regulation 23)
  • J169 - Form 22: Affidavit regarding contravention of protection order (Regulation 24)
  • J186 - Form 23: Written notice to appear before court (Regulation 25)
  • J240 - Form 24: Application for variation or setting aside of protection order
    (Regulation 26)
  • J309 - Form 25: Notice of variation or setting aside of protection order (Regulation 27)
  • J311 - Form 26: Statement to be completed by person who serves, files or forwards document by facsimile (Regulation 29)

Enquiries can be directed to your nearest Magistrate Court.