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Child identity case returns to court

The High Court in Pretoria is due to hear arguments regarding the identification of children in criminal matters.

Picture: Saps

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Pretoria is due to hear arguments on Thursday morning by the Centre for Child Law regarding the identification of children in criminal matters.

The organisation says it's concerned that the law is not clear about whether or not a child victim should be protected in court.

The respondents are 12 media houses, which include Media 24 and Independent Media.

This legal matter was sparked by the recent Zephany Nurse case.

She was kidnapped from her sleeping mother’s arms in 1997.

The media wanted to reveal her identity, however the Centre for Child Law brought an urgent application to prevent it.

The organisation's Anne Skelton says, “There’s a balance between freedom of expression, freedom of the media and open justice on the one hand. There’s also children’s rights, privacy, dignity and the right to live a normal life.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)