JOHANNESBURG - Child bullying made headlines recently after the death of a teen as a result of cyber-bullying.
The perpetrators of bullying could be held criminally liable for their actions if it is found they were aware of their actions and consequences.
Managing Partner and Founder of HJW Attorneys, Megan Harrington-Johnson explained some the of intricacies of this issue.
Harrington-Johnson said the Child Justice Act allows for children to be prosecuted from the age of 10 but it is very seldom applied.
"Bullying is a targeted, sustained attack on one individual for a long period of time," she defined.
"Bullying is not a crime but a lot of the behaviours that fall into the category of bullying can be categorised as crimes."
A conviction would typically not result in imprisonment but Harrington-Johnson stated the children would be directed to a diversion program incorporating anger management, counselling and family intervention on a case-by-case basis.