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Frankel 8 approach ConCourt to confirm High Court ruling on sexual offences

Last month, the High Court declared section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Act unconstitutional.

FILE: The Constitutional Court. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The so-called Frankel Eight have filed papers in the Constitutional Court to confirm a decision by the High Court in Johannesburg changing the law on sexual offences.

Last month, the High Court declared Section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Act unconstitutional, which means that the 20-year prescription bar on sexual offences will be lifted.

The group went to the High Court in an attempt to change the law as it prevented victims of sexual abuse from criminally charging their abusers 20 years after the crime was committed.

The judgment still needs to be confirmed by the Constitutional Court.

Ian Levitt, the attorney representing the Frankel 8, explains: “Essentially it’s confirmation that the application has been declared by the Constitutional Court, even if the High Court declares an act unconstitutional.”

The Constitutional Court could decide to uphold the High Court’s judgment on this issue or amend it.