High Court Clarifies Media Treatment of Child Victims

Child victims of crime must receive the same protection that child witnesses and child perpetrators do by not being named in news reports‚ the High Court in Pretoria has ruled.

However‚ the court said this protection would not be indefinite as media houses can name child victims‚ witnesses or crime accused once they turn 18.

The ruling is as a result of an application by the Centre for Child Law which was brought following the controversial Zephany Nurse court case.

Zephany Nurse came to prominence after it was discovered she was kidnapped as a baby in 1997. Her kidnapper‚ who raised her as her own child‚ was convicted for the kidnapping in August 2016.

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Source: 
SowetanLive

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