The Constitutional Court has ruled that the media is not allowed to disclose the identity of children who are victims of crime even beyond the age of 18.
The 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 when Centre For Child Law was approached by Zephany Nurse, who feared the media would reveal her identity when she turned 18.
Zephany Nurse discovered at 17 years and nine months that she was kidnapped as a baby.
Clement Manyathela speaks of Media Monitoring Africa director William Bird speak on the matter.
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
It is important because it is a common cause that our criminal justice system is traumatic enough if you are a young person or a child in particular.— William Bird - Director - Media Monitoring Africa
What this does it puts in place a section that would prevent children from being exposed to secondary trauma through having their identities being exposed in the media.— William Bird - Director - Media Monitoring Africa
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