oa Article 40 - S v CKM & 2 Similar Cases (Centre for Child Law as Amicus Curiae)

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



The North Gauteng High Court reviewed three different matters decided by magistrate courts: The first case involved a child anonymised as CKM. CKM appeared before the Mankweng Magistrate's Court for the first time on 9 September 2009. He was charged together with two others with assault, for allegedly having hit one FT on 5 September 2009. There were no allegations in the trial court that the complainant had suffered any injuries. CKM was fourteen years old at the time he committed the alleged offence. He pleaded guilty and was convicted as charged. The magistrate sentenced CKM to detention in a reform school, on the strength of the recommendation contained in the probation officer's pre-sentence report.

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