South Africa’s Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998 (DVA) is widely regarded as being one of the more progressive examples of such legislation internationally.
Since coming into effect in 1999, the Act has also been the subject of a number of studies examining whether or not it has actually lived up to expectation. To date, eleven studies covering a total of 19 courts have been undertaken in the provinces of the Western Cape,Gauteng, KwaZulu- Natal, and Free State. However, while instructive, these studies do not provide a comprehensive and representative picture of the Act’s implementation in many parts of the country.
This research brief, produced by the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to End Violence Against Women (TLAC), aims to contribute further to the picture developing nationally around the Act by presenting findings from three courts (both rural and peri-urban) in the Bushbuckridge municipality of Mpumalanga province.