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S v Williams
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Court Constitutional Court of South Africa
Full case nameState v Williams and Others
Decided9 June 1995 (1995-06-09)
Citation(s) [1995] ZACC 6, 1995 (3) SA 632 (CC), 1995 (7) BCLR 861 (CC)
Case history
Prior action(s)Referral from Cape Provincial Division
Court membership
Judges sitting Chaskalson P, Ackermann, Didcott, Kriegler, Langa, Madala, Mahomed, Mokgoro, O'Regan & Sachs JJ, Kentridge AJ
Case opinions
Decision byLanga

S v Williams and Others is a decision of the Constitutional Court of South Africa in which the court ruled that judicial corporal punishment is unconstitutional. [1] The decision was taken with respect to five different cases in which six juveniles were convicted by different magistrates and sentenced to receive a "moderate correction" of a number of strokes with a light cane.

The unanimous judgment, handed down on 9 June 1995, found the imposition of corporal punishment to be incompatible with the Interim Constitution of South Africa because it violates the right to human dignity and the protection against cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment. [2]


  1. ^ "Section 13: The abolition of JCP". Judicial Corporal Punishment in South Africa. World Corporal Punishment Research. 2005. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  2. ^ Angus, Laurel (1996). "Case Report: S v Williams". South African Journal on Human Rights. 12: 142–145.

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