01 Oct 2018
Media houses may continue to name children involved in criminal cases after they turn 18 and “become adults”, whether they be victims, witnesses or offenders, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has ruled.
However, while the court turned down the Centre for Child Law’s (CCL) bid to extend identity protection beyond the age of 18 – it has granted protection to child victims of crime and child witnesses.
The court ordered that the legislature make the necessary amendments to the Criminal Procedure Act but, in the meantime, has “written” in the prohibition into the relevant clause.
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