ConCourt: Child victims of crimes must be protected beyond 18 years
The case emanated from that of Zephany Nurse, who discovered at 17 years and nine months that she was kidnapped as a baby.
JOHANNESBURG - The Centre For Child Law on Wednesday won its challenge to have the identities of child victims of crime protected even beyond the age of 18 years.
The Constitutional Court ruled that a section of the Criminal Procedure Act was unconstitutional and should be amended. The apex court also ruled that Parliament should remedy the law within 24 months.
The case emanated from that of Zephany Nurse, who discovered at 17 years and nine months that she was kidnapped as a baby. She turned to the Centre for Child Law for help after fearing that the media would reveal her identity when she turned 18.
Director of Media Monitoring Africa William Bird commented on the judgment: “If you’re a victim or a witness in a criminal trial and you turn 18 after that, the media still can’t name you. This is unless that person gives permission or the media approaches a court to get permission showing public interest.”
Judgment: Section 154(3) of the CPA is declared constitutionally invalid. The media is not allowed to disclose the identity of children who are victims of crime. Child accused, victims and witnesses have ongoing identity protection after they turn 18. pic.twitter.com/t7H8LE7Etg— Constitutional Court (@ConCourtSA) December 4, 2019
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