One of South Africa's leading Constitutional law experts explains that the presumption of innocence does not legally apply to broader society.
Prof. Pierre de Vos says the Constitution does not guarantee the right for anyone to be presumed innocent by ordinary citizens until proven guilty in a court of law.
2) It is a myth that you have a constitutional right to be presumed innocent by people when there are credible facts suggesting otherwise.— Pierre de Vos (@pierredevos) November 1, 2017
Accused individuals have the right to a fair trial, which includes to be presumed innocent by a presiding officer until proven guilty, the professor explains.
Therefore, ordinary citizens do not have a duty to presume somebody is innocent when there is evidence that they are not.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Innocent until proven guilty' doesn't apply to everyone, Pierre de Vos explains