Telephonic Harassment in South Africa

Telephonic harassment is no joke – certainly not for the victim and almost certainly not for their loved ones or anyone close to them that cares. it affects a great number of people – even those on the periphery of the victim’s life. The harassment itself is bad enough, but its not the worst part of the experience – not by a long shot. For the past few months we’ve been conducting a study of telephonic harassment in South Africa. A decade ago we formally created a B-HIVES unit that deals exclusively with harassment, stalking, bullying, intimidation, victimization and extortion. The response has been amazing in that only a handful of victims did not participate and in all cases that was due to us having been unable to make contact. This article presents some of the major findings of our study and brings to light a few facts about harassment that most people will find surprising.

The first that feeling of dread, suspicion, uncertainty, insecurity and persecution that comes with not knowing for certain who is behind the harassment, why exactly it is happening or what is coming next that transforms what might otherwise be no more than a nuisance to something resembling emotional terrorism. And who finds terrorism funny? 1. RICA has done nothing to deter telephonic harassment 2. RICA has, for the most part, been irrelevant in the investigation of telephonic harassment 3. The police are not equipped with the resources or training to be of any assistance 4. The judicial processes available to victims are not well published 5. The service providers are hamstrung by legislation 6. The penalties for harassment are unknown

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