How to apply for a restraining order with SAPS in South Africa

To apply for a restraining order with the South African Police Service (SAPS), you can follow these general steps:

  1. Contact your nearest police station: Find the nearest police station to your location. You can do this by searching online or using a local directory. It is recommended to visit the police station in person rather than making a phone call.
  2. Request assistance for a restraining order: Once you arrive at the police station, explain to the officer at the front desk that you would like to apply for a restraining order. They will guide you to the appropriate department or officer who handles these matters.
  3. Provide relevant information: When you meet with the officer, provide them with all the necessary details about the situation, such as the name and address of the person you are seeking protection from, any incidents or threats that have occurred, and any evidence you may have, such as photographs, text messages, or witness statements.
  4. Complete the necessary paperwork: The officer will provide you with the required forms to apply for a restraining order. Fill out the forms accurately and honestly. If you need assistance with filling out the forms, don’t hesitate to ask the officer for help.
  5. Obtain a protection order: After you have completed the necessary paperwork, the officer will review your application. If they find that you meet the requirements for a restraining order, they will issue you a temporary protection order, also known as an interim protection order, on the spot. This order will provide you with immediate protection until the court can review your case.
  6. Attend the court hearing: Within a few weeks, you will receive a notice to appear in court for a hearing. Attend the hearing on the specified date and bring any additional evidence or witnesses that may support your case. The court will review the situation and make a decision regarding the final protection order.
  7. Follow-up with the police: Once the court has issued the final protection order, ensure that you obtain a copy of the order from the court. Take this copy to your local police station and provide them with the details. They will then have the necessary information to enforce the order if the person violates its terms.