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Frankel 8: ConCourt hears arguments over sexual offences law

The High Court declared ‘Section 18’ of the Criminal Procedure Act unconstitutional earlier this year.

FILE: The Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court is hearing arguments about the law around sexual offences and the prescription period for crimes.

The High Court declared “Section 18” of the Criminal Procedure Act unconstitutional earlier this year.

This means that the 20-year prescription bar on sexual offences will be lifted if the Constitutional Court confirms the decision.

Advocate Anton Catz is appearing on behalf of the so-called Frankel 8 who accused stockbroker Sidney Frankel of abusing them.

He’s argued that the Constitutional Court should confirm the High Court order as it stands.

But the Minister of Justice wants the law to go to Parliament, where it should be amended.

Catz has faced questions from most of the justices on the bench about whether the order should be suspended while the law goes to Parliament.

Women and children’s rights activists are in court, so are two of several Frankel’s accusers who have been driving this court action.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)