Sexual offences loopholes plugged

2012-07-06 11:44

Johannesburg - The amended Sexual Offences Act has been signed by President Jacob Zuma and published in the Government Gazette, closing a legal loophole that made 29 offences unpunishable, The Star reported on Friday.

Zuma signed the amended act on June 23, and it was published in the gazette three days later, the newspaper reported.

The amendment was rushed through Parliament weeks earlier as an emergency measure after a full bench of the Western Cape High Court ruled that 29 sexual offences contained in the act were not legally enforceable.

Sexual offenders could have challenged their convictions, so MPs drafted an amendment "in record time".

The National Prosecuting Authority appealed the Cape court's judgment in the Supreme Court of Appeal, and the ruling was overturned.

This means the loopholes had been plugged, The Star reported.

  • SmilificationTheTrollSlayer!!! - 2012-07-06 11:49

    Loophole plugged you say? When will Zuma be arrested then? - 2012-07-06 12:06

      Yes Zuma better be very careful now, but he has already started preparing for prison by trying to get favor by releasing all his friends and relatives from prison. not going to help him at all, those people will chop your hand off to steal your ring, after you have given them food. all he has done is further endanger the lives of south African people, the same way he does every time his mouth opens.

      Michaele - 2012-07-06 13:12

      Unfortunately the article did not read all loop holes, Zuma has probably removed the one that would apply to his case. And it's quite strange Zuma required to provide the final stamp of approval.

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-06 12:03

    Plugging holes could be seen as a sexual offence...

  • wieswerner - 2012-07-06 12:09

    epic title is epic

  • Henk - 2012-07-06 12:10

    People with grade 5 writing laws....

  • sihleh.mthethwa - 2012-07-06 12:33

    And what were those loopholes?

      abram.spamers - 2012-07-06 12:47

      Almost all types of rape were deemed to be unpunishable because of a loophole somebody found. They did a pretty good job handling it since it was discovered if you consider how slow legal matters tend to move.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-06 12:48

    would be a good thing IF the government could uphold the law!!!

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-07-06 12:52

    Wasn't our august President accused of a sexual offence not so long ago? Just asking ....

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