Sidney Frankel’s accusers head to ConCourt
The group accusing Frankel of sexual assault want the prescription on reporting such crimes changed.
JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for Sidney Frankel's accusers say they're now going to go to the Constitutional Court in a bid to change the country's laws around prescription; the time period that can lapse after a sexual offence has been committed.
The billionaire philanthropist has been accused by seven people of sexually assaulting them decades ago, when they were young children.
They've brought a civil case against him because too much time has passed, according to the law, for criminal charges to be pursued.
LISTEN: Recording of phone call made to Sidney Frankel's wife about his alleged sexual misdemeanours.
Attorney Ian Levitt said his clients want to see Frankel criminally charged and for the law around prescription to be changed.
"This man belongs in jail; if you touch a child, if you molest a child, you do belong in jail because there is no reason why a civil should say you can sue or that you've got a claim 35 years later… But in a criminal court prescription works differently."
Currently, the state can only criminally charge an accused within 20 years of the offence being committed.
LISTEN: _Recording of phone call made to Sidney Frankel about alleged sexual misdemeanours. _
Frankel's lawyer Billy Gundelfinger said he would not comment on the merits of the case.
"I will respond formally to all these allegations in an affidavit."
Gundelfinger has accused Levitt of dragging this matter through the media.
LISTEN: _Sidney Frankel's lawyer Billy Gundelfinger speaks on allegations raised in latest legal docs. _