Sadleir said that those who name and shame could find themselves facing crimen injuria charges.
"If someone finds their name on a naming and shaming list or is accused of a sexual offence on social media, they have a few options available to them. If they know who is behind the account, they could take legal steps – in particular, they could sue for defamation, lay a criminal charge of crimen injuria (infringement of dignity) and/or could obtain a protection order under the Protection from Harassment Act," she said.
Sadleir's warning comes after a series of rapes and murders that have rocked South Africa and prompted hashtags such as #AmINext. This after the rape and murder of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana, who was reported missing a week ago.
“Disclaimer: All the stories shared are anonymous. These stories are not vetted and we trust the women here to be fully honest,” read the bio of a Twitter page that listed certain businessmen, politician and entertainers as rapists.
The page also lists socialites, politicians, religious leaders, businessmen as well as musicians and club promoters.
One of them is connected to a popular Durban social hangout. The entertainment company posted a notice on its social media pages on Wednesday that it had cancelled an event scheduled on Wednesday as a member of their team had been implicated in a naming and shaming account.