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Court triumph a win for SA's child victims, says 'Frankel 8' applicant

One of the applicants who brought the case against the late philanthropist stock broker Sidney Frankel says she is grateful and humbled by the court victory.

Nicole Levingstein is among a group of eight people who accused Frankel of sexually abusing them decades ago.

Frankel died earlier this year but group of women went to court to change the law of prescription around sexual assault.

The High Court has ruled that the 20-year prescription bar on sexual offences will be lifted and Levingstein explains that it will help other sexual abuse survivors in their fight for justice.

Read: Court declares existing time limit on sexual abuse cases invalid

It's an incredible victory, not just for myself, but for all the plaintiffs and I think for all of South Africa.

Nicole Levingstein, Frankel 8 Applicant

I'm feeling incredibly good inside. I am really pleased that I embarked on this all those years ago...We finally have the result that the country needs.

Nicole Levingstein, Frankel 8 Applicant

We will always have this victory... We initially felt robbed, but this is something that's made up for all of that.

Nicole Levingstein, Frankel 8 Applicant

Levingstein says she is glad that she came forward to be a part of the so-called Frankel eight, saying the milestone has made the journey all worth it.

Also read: Frankel Eight commended for their bravery and courage

The court has ordered that the law be sent to Parliament for a period of 18 months to be amended.

She reflected on the stressful experience and how the legal action has helped raise awareness about sexual offences and child abuse.

Take a listen to her reflect on her story:

Meanwhile, Ian Levitt, lawyer representing the Frankel eight, explains why he decided to pursue the case and responded to the victorious ruling.

This is for any person who has suffered or will suffer at the hands of a sexual abuser in the past or going forward.

Ian Levitt, lawyer representing the Frankel 8

Take a listen to him explain the implications of the judgement:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Court triumph a win for SA's child victims, says 'Frankel 8' applicant


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