In the 2016 case of Seedat v S (731/2015) ZASCA 153 the appellant was convicted of sexual assault. The Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa found that it was not appropriate for the appellant to pay monetary compensation, despite that being the wishes of the victim. The court is under a duty to not only satisfy public opinion, but serve public interest (para. 39). Monetary compensation was not appropriate in a case involving rape, which is considered one of the most serious offences (para. 40).  

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