YOUR RIGHTS AND DUTIES
AS A VICTIM OF CRIME
Your rights and your duties...
RIGHT: To be treated with fairness and with RIGHT: To offer information
respect for your dignity and privacy
Be respectful to all services providers (police, prosecutors, Inform police and prosecutor if you cannot read or
magistrates, health workers, social workers and correctional write.
service personnel). Inform the prosecutor about how the crime affected
Inform the police about yourself and any of your special you and your family.
needs, so that your right to dignity can be upheld. (All Give the police and prosecutor correct information –
information to service providers will be treated with your address, contact details, and any other information
confidence.) requested by the police or prosecutor.
Inform prosecutor if you need time off work to attend
RIGHT: To receive information court proceedings.
Ask if you do not receive any information RIGHT: To compensation
ct on information received – if you are required to attend
court, arrive on time.
Inform the prosecutor about loss or damage to your
property, or injuries you may have sustained as a result
RIGHT: To assistance
of the crime.
Follow up with the prosecutor about any claims made
Be helpful to all service providers when they require for compensation.
cooperation with the case. Return any money already paid if you do not want the
Follow procedure as provided by all service providers – compensation award.
report crimes, provide information, and report on time
Not to obstruct the police and prosecutor in carrying If you are not satisfied with service providers:
out their duties.
You have a right to complain about government
RIGHT: To restitution departments or the following:
The Office of the Public Protector
Inform the police and prosecutor about property that The South African Human Rights Commission
the accused has taken from you.
The Commission on Gender Equality
Submit a request to prosecutor that your property should
be returned to you, in the condition as it was before the The Independent Complaints Directorate
crime. Metropolitan Police Offices
The Health Professions Council of South Africa
RIGHT: To protection A lawyer of your own choice and at your own
eport to police and prosecutor if you are threatened
in any way by the accused or anyone else related to
Participate in Witness Protection Programme if
equest to be kept informed by Correctional Services,
if the accused has escaped custody or is transferred.
For more information on YOUR Rights and Responsibilities, consult the Service Charter for Victims of Crime and the Minimum Standards.
Copies are available at your nearest court.
Justice and Constitutional Development
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA