Man to use new law to fight stalker ex-girlfriend

A Johannesburg man will use a new law to fight an ex-girlfriend whose harassment and stalking has cost him his job and many friends.

Duncan D’Ewes (37) was one of the first people to open a case under the Protection from Harassment Act, which came into effect on Saturday, The Star reported today.

“I don’t know what to do anymore. I had to resign from my job. I can’t have any relationships. She even targets my friends. Nothing is off limits to her,” D’Ewes told the newspaper.

Although he had brought numerous other charges against the woman, there had been no arrest.

The Star reported that D’Ewes developed a relationship with a woman who identified herself as Stacy after responding to a text message from an unknown number in November 2011.

He later discovered that Stacy was an alter ego created by his ex-girlfriend.

After eight months of harassment, he reportedly hired a private investigator, who found the woman faced another 12 cases.

According to the newspaper, the investigator had laid charges against her under interception and monitoring laws, and would now add the Protection of Harassment Act.

The new law came into effect after an SA Law Reform Commission investigation into stalking behaviour.

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