In this case there was Prevention of Family Violence that was challenged.
The law was said to be repugnant since it reversed the burden of proof.
It does away with the presumption of innocence and this goes against the constitution
The difficulty was the state had to reconcile two conflicting imperatives. These were
to prevent domestic violence
to uphold the rights of those accused of committing the said domestic violence
The court declined to confirm the decision of the Transvaal High Court. Transvaal High Court had said this reversal of the burden of proof was in violation of the constitution.