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Chiefs oppose moves to decriminalise sex between teenagers

Traditional leaders believe the proposed changes to the sexual offences Act will take South Africa to the time of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Concern over legal loophole for child pornographers

Proposed amendments to the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Act have raised the ire of Christian-based organisations.

Concourt strikes down Sexual Offences Act section

The Concourt has declared a section of the Sexual Offences Act, which deals with someone convicted of an offence against a child, unconstitutional.

Concourt to hear Sexual Offences Act case

An application for the confirmation of a high court order declaring parts of the Act unconstitutional will be scrutinised at the Constitutional Court.

Concourt slaps down ‘unconstitutional’ sections of Sexual Offences Act

In a unanimous judgment, judges have declared sections of the Sexual Offences Act unconstitutional as they infringe on the rights of adolescents.

ConCourt to rule on child sex law

The Constitutional Court will decide whether to uphold a finding that parts of the Sexual Offences Act criminalise children who have consensual sex.

Teen sex under the legal spotlight

In a case before the ConCourt, critics says consensual teen sex has been criminalised by the Sexual Offences Act.

Criminalising consensual teenage sex could violate rights

Sections of the Sexual Offences Act that say teenagers should be prosecuted for having consensual sex violates several children's rights, say NGOs.

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