n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Judicial discretion to exclude evidence in terms of s 35(5) of the Constitution : 2006 (2) SACR 33 (SE) : comments

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



In this case the court was called upon to exclude certain evidence against one of the accused in terms of s 35(5) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. This section provides as follows :

'Evidence obtained in a manner that violates any right in the Bill of Rights must be excluded if the admission of that evidence would render the trial unfair or otherwise be detrimental to the administration of justice.'

It will be apposite, before discussing the present case, to do a brief analysis of s 35(5) and to refer to s 24(2) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, upon which the former section appears to be modelled (Steytler (1998) 34; 1998 1 SACR 479 (N) at 527g).

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