Court case seeks to the end the prescription of sexual offences.
Today 22 May the Women’s Legal Centre will appear as a ‘friend of the court’ (amicus curiae) in the South Gauteng High Court in the matter between Levenstein (and 7 others) and Sidney Frankel, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gauteng (Case 29573/2016). The WLC largely supports the case of the applicants (Levenstein & others) who are seeking to declare section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Act as unconstitutional in that it bars the right to prosecute all sexual offences, other than rape, after a lapse of 20 years after the offence has been perpetrated.
A SUMMARY OF THE STATE CAPACITY RESEARCH PROJECT’S REPORT ON STATE CAPTURE
By Victoria Wang
The State Capacity Research Project’s report on state capture aims to prove that state institutions are being repurposed to redirect rents intended for development into the control of a powerful elite that operates illegally. The Gupta family has been instrumental in this repurposing of state institutions. The authors of this report describe the relationship between the Guptas, President Zuma and the government as mutually beneficial, or symbiotic.
(Read the full report here: http://pari.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Betrayal-of-the-Promise-25052017.pdf )
Will women in customary marriages have equal right to property
On Tuesday 16 May 2017, the Constitutional Court reserved judgment in confirming the Limpopo High Court’s decision in the matter of Ramuhovhi and Another v The President of the Republic of South Africa under case number CCT194/14. This case concerns the validity of section 7(1) of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act 120 of 1998 (RCMA). Section 7(1) of the RCMA regulates the proprietary consequences of polygynous marriages entered before the Act came into force on 15 November 2000.