In the 2011 case of Mbuyisa v S (183/11) ZASCA 146 the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa determined that there was no error by the sentencing judge in not considering restorative justice. The court held that restorative justice should not be devalued by use in inappropriate matters. The offence, pouring petrol over the victim and setting him alight, was brutal and severe. Therefore, a restorative justice order was not considered appropriate (para. 17).

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