Most intimidating threats

Intimidation (also called cowing) is intentional behavior that "would cause a person of ordinary sensibilities" to fear injury or harm.It is not necessary to prove that the behavior was so violent as to cause terror or that the victim was actually frightened.

Further, the Magistrate may order that the perpetrator pay the costs of the enquiry should the complaint have merit and be upheld.Interestingly, this is one of the only two remaining sections of the old Criminal Procedure Act No 56 of 1955 (the “Old CPA”), the latest Act being Act 51 of 1977 (the “New CPA”).In terms of Section 384 of the Old CPA, whenever a complaint on oath (i.e.The test for assault is subjective and, therefore, it is committed not only when force is applied to you ( your person, not to your property), but also when you believe that a threat of immediate force is to be applied to you (accompanied by the belief that the perpetrator has the present ability to apply that harm to you).

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