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Levenstein: A Case to End Prescription of All Sexual Offences in South Africa

Jesslin Wooliver 17th December 2017

Widely considered the most progressive constitution in the world, the South African Constitution contains an inclusive and wide reaching Bill of Rights. Amongst these rights, the Bill guarantees every citizen the right to dignity, equality, protection of children, freedom from violence, access to courts, and a fair trial. However, South African law also enforces prescription […]

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The need to consider victim’s voices in the sentencing of offenders: Director of Public Prosecutions v Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius

Amanda Spies 14th December 2017

On 24 November 2017, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) handed down a unanimous decision increasing the sentence of convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius from six, to fifteen years imprisonment (Director of Public Prosecutions v Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (950/2016) [2017] ZASCA 150. Oscar’s case needs little introduction. The famous Paralympian athlete was convicted […]

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Farooqui v State Government of Delhi: Confusing Consent

Severyna Magill 22nd November 2017

The recent Delhi High Court judgment acquitting Mahmood Farooqui of rape is problematic as it appears to create a new test for  consent  The court held  that a ‘no’, even when articulated, is not enough to demonstrate a lack of consent.  A lack of consent must be expressed in such a way that “the appellant […]

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