What does the law say about naming and shaming?

Wouldn't it be nice to name and shame people who are corrupt or a neighbour who uses sprinklers during Level 3 water restrictions while your yard looks like the Sahara desert?

There are websites where people go to name and shame others and some do it on their own social media accounts.

But what does the law say about naming and shaming other people?

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies spoke to Ben Winks, independent media lawyer, to find out if these websites are operating within the law.

The risk is that people might be wrongfully accused and the person who named and shamed might face defamation charges.

Ben Winks, independent media lawyer

Winks says the naming and shaming on websites or social media poses risks to the owner of that website.

If someone is aggrieved they send a take down notification to the web-host... if they (web host) fails to do that then they could also be liable.

Ben Winks, Independent Media lawyer

Listen below to hear what the law says about naming and shaming:

Read More
School principals weekend confab on 'Brain Waves of Change'

School principals weekend confab on 'Brain Waves of Change'

International Confederation of Principals Convention will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Saturday.

Specialised units to tackle child killings  in Western Cape

Specialised units to tackle child killings in Western Cape

This follows an incident in which a Mitchells Plain mother allegedly choked her newborn son to death and hid him under a mattress.

Outa files urgent court interdict to freeze Gupta money

Outa files urgent court interdict to freeze Gupta money

Outa wants to prevent the money leaving SA as it is meant for the rehabilitating areas in which Gupta mines were situated.

Free entrance to SanParks for all South Africans

Free entrance to SanParks for all South Africans

SanParks is running a week-long campaign that affords South African residents free access to almost all 21 national parks.

South Africans' condom use has dropped

South Africans' condom use has dropped

CareWorks' Hilton Julius says there's still a stigma associated with condom use with inadequate usage pegged at 65% of men.

Outing rapists on social media is 'digital vigilantism'

Outing rapists on social media is 'digital vigilantism'

Stephen Grootes and Redi Tlhabi explore whether its appropriate for rape victims to name and shame their assailant on social media.

Popular articles
Opinion:  Bishop Lekganyane is right

Opinion: Bishop Lekganyane is right

Stephen Grootes weighs in on comments made by the Zion Christian Church Bishop at the weekend.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

How to make your first million

How to make your first million

Warren Ingram discusses his new book in which he shares practical ways for ordinary people to achieve financial freedom.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?