Media Monitoring Africa seeks clarity in child identity ruling

The NGO seek a ruling that prohibits details of victims, child witnesses and offenders past 18 years of age to be made public.

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CAPE TOWN - Media Monitoring Africa says it needs clearer details around a North Gauteng High Court judgment that victims, witnesses and offenders may be named once they turn 18-years-old.

The non-profit organisation and other applicants have since vowed to appeal Tuesday’s judgment.

Other applicants in the matter include the Centre for Child Law, Childline South Africa and the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders.

The NGOs seek a ruling that prohibits details of victims, child witnesses and offenders, past 18 years of age, to be made available to the public.

Media Monitoring Africa Director William Bird said: “It doesn’t seem to be logical to us that just because you turn 18, you should go ahead and be named.”

The Zephany Nurse kidnapping trial initiated the court action, as the NGOs as well as Nurse, looked to protect her identity.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)