R v Loubser is an important case in South African criminal law, albeit with a very brief report. Its importance lies especially in the area of legal causation.


A septic bandage was applied to an open wound, which had been caused in an assault.


The court there held that that circumstance did not interrupt the causal chain. Rumpff J made the declaration that, in the eyes of the law, an act is the cause of a situation if, according to human experience, the situation will flow from the act.

See alsoEdit


  • R v Loubser 1953 (2) PH H190 (W).