You can get fined up to R300,000 for 'revenge porn'

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Films and Publications Bill into law.

The bill clamps down on hate speech and the sharing of child pornography and laws prohibiting the distribution of revenge porn have been ratified.

However, social media law expert Emma Sadleir says she is concerned about the drafting of the bill.

Revenge pornography is the term we use to describe the non-consensual distribution of private sexual images, photographs or videos.

Emma Sadleir, Associate - Webber Wentzel

The problem with this bill is that it is very clumsily drafted. While it is true that there is specific criminalisation, my worry is that it is so poor that it undermines the purpose of the bill.

Emma Sadleir, Associate - Webber Wentzel

Sadlier says it should not be termed revenge porn but image-based violence.

If you can't identify who is in the content, if it's unidentifiable then the sanctions are up to R150,000 and or two-years in prison.

Emma Sadleir, Associate - Webber Wentzel

If it is identical content then the fine jumps to R300,000 fine and or four-year term imprisonment.

Emma Sadleir, Associate - Webber Wentzel

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