n South African Law Journal - Complaints in sexual offences : notes

Volume 125, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



The aim of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 includes 'regulating procedures' and, in its preamble, it refers to the plight of victims 'through secondary victimisation and traumatisation' and mentions that 'the South African common law and statutory law do not deal adequately and effectively and in a non-discriminatory manner with many aspects relating to or associated with the commission of sexual offences'. It is obvious that the Act is intended to remedy what are perceived to be those defects. It is against that background that ss 58 and 59 have to be construed.

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