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Criminal charges laid against Frankel

Seven people claim to have been sexually abused by Frankel who's facing civil charges on the allegations.

FILE: Germaine Vogel, Luke Lamprecht, Leonard Carr, Ian Levitt and Miranda Friedman at Sydney Frankel press conference. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Criminal charges have now been laid against former stockbroker and billionaire Sidney Frankel.

He's facing a civil claim brought by seven individuals who claim he sexually abused them, decades ago, when they were children.

The complainants laid criminal charges this week.

Their attorney Ian Levitt said, "Six charges have already been laid. They were laid on Sunday and Monday. They have been laid at the Midrand Police Station, Bramley Police Station, Norwood Police Station and at Hillbrow Police Station. They have been laid at different police stations due to jurisdictional issues. They have got to be laid at the correct police station."

According to the law, a criminal charge for sexual assault must be laid within twenty years of the alleged offence being committed.

Levitt says he expects these charges to fail so that the matter can be taken to the Constitutional Court and the law can be challenged.

"I do expect that it's going to be knocked back. The criminal procedures says that criminal charges need to be laid or instituted within 20 years of the crime having been perpetrated."

But we believe that there is a constitutional issue to be dealt with here."