Recent Developments in Sexual Offences against Children – A Constitutional Perspective

Authors

  • Philip Stevens University of Pretoria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2016/v19i0a724

Keywords:

Sexual offences, children

Abstract

This contribution deals with recent developments in sexual offences against children with reference to sections in the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007. The latter is addressed against the backdrop of the Constitutional Court judgments in Teddybear Clinic for Abused Children and Another v Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Another 2014 (1) SACR) 327 (CC) and J v National Director of Public Prosecutions 2014 (2) SACR (CC). These two judgments had a profound impact in terms of shaping newly formulated sexual offences in line with constitutional principles ultimately culminating in the enactment and commencement of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 5 of 2015. The approach by the Constitutional Court in both of the abovementioned judgments is discussed and assessed. An analysis is provided of the Amendment Act with specific reference to its impact on sexual offences against children.

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Author Biography

Philip Stevens, University of Pretoria

Philip Stevens. LLB, LLM LLD (UP). Senior lecturer, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Email: Philip.Stevens@up.ac.za

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Published

2017-05-17

How to Cite

Stevens, P. (2017). Recent Developments in Sexual Offences against Children – A Constitutional Perspective. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 19, 1–30. https://doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2016/v19i0a724

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