How is bail calculated in SA and how much does bail usually cost?


Different factors are considered when deciding on the amount of bail. Seriousness of the offence is an important factor together with what the interests of justice permit. Factors such as the likelihood of additional offences being committed once out on bail, the flight risk, opportunity to intimidate witnesses and jeopardising the trial will all be considered. Bail can be set at hundreds of rand, depending on the seriousness of the offence. The amount is usually determined by the magistrate’s discretion.

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