Expiry date for reporting sexual offences to be abolished: justice minister

File: Legislation that stipulates expiry dates for the prosecution of sexual crimes is to be reviewed, Justice Minister Michael Masutha said on Wednesday. Photo: eNCA

CAPE TOWN - The government is to review legislation that dictates the expiry date for prosecutions, specifically of sexual offenders, Justice Minister Michael Masutha said on Wednesday.

"It has also become necessary to review the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 which, among other things, prescribes the period within which the state can prosecute persons for allegations of particular categories of crime," Masutha said while delivering his budget vote speech in Parliament.

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"One of the categories in respect of which we intend to abolish the prescribed period of 20 years is sexual offences, femicide and all forms of gender-based violence. The review will also introduce harsher sentences for these offences."

South Africa has a high prevalence of sexual offences against women and children, and there's been a recent wave of women killed by their partners.

African News Agency

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