NPA to continue prosecuting sex offenders
The NPA said it would continue prosecuting people who commit crimes under the Sexual Offences Act.
JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority on Saturday said it would continue prosecuting people who commit crimes under the Sexual Offences Act, even though there are no prescribed punishments for over a dozen offences.
Charges against offenders in the Western Cape will be dropped due to a high court decision to release Arnold Prins, who was charged under the act.
The court set him free because there were no prescribed penalties for the crimes he was charged with.
The NPA has also announced no new arrests will be made until a Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled on the controversy.
NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said, "A judge in another province is not bound by the decision of another province. "
Prins was accused of a 2009 sexual assault, in terms of the act.
The act, which was effected in December 2007, says it is against the law to sexually assault someone but does not prescribe a punishment.
As a result, convicted sexual offenders could apply to have their convictions set aside.