Another delay in country's oldest sexual abuse court case

0-year-old Claudine Shiels and her 56-year-old sister, Lisa van der Merwe, say they were abused by two male relatives from 1974 to 1979. Courtesy  #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - There has been yet another delay in the oldest sexual abuse case in the country.

Claudine Shiels (60) and her 56-year-old sister, Lisa van der Merwe, say they were abused by two male relatives from 1974 to 1979.

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The sisters have been pursuing a case against their alleged abusers since last year.

They were encouraged by a 2018 Constitutional Court ruling which did away with prescribed time limits applied to sexual abuse cases.

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The sisters' case has been postponed to 13 July in the Wynberg magistrate's court.

Magistrate Vanessa Miki ruled that the charge sheet should be amended, which the State is opposing.

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The prosecutor has applied for the High Court to review this ruling, but Shiels is encouraged by the development.

"I'm actually very happy, it might just delay things for a couple of months, but in the long run, it's gonna benefit us and it's gonna benefit victims who come forward henceforth," Shiels said.

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eNCA