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dc.contributor.advisor Van der Merwe, A Letsoalo, Lisbeth Ledile 2020-07-24T08:44:26Z 2020-07-24T08:44:26Z 2019
dc.description Thesis ( LLM.) --University of Limpopo, 2019 en_US
dc.description.abstract The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 provides that a child’s best interests should be of primary consideration in any matter concerning him or her. Contrary to this value, and thereby excluding protection of child victims, section 154(3) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 simply focusses on anonymity protection of child offenders and witness involved in criminal proceedings. It currently expressly prohibits the publication of the identities of child offenders and witnesses when the media makes publications on the relevant criminal proceedings. However, this protection terminates once such child offenders and witnesses attain majority, therefore arbitrarily stripping them of the identity protection. As a result, media houses are not only at liberty to publish on criminal proceedings identifying child victims, but also to expose the identities of child offenders and witnesses upon attaining majority. Such publications have proved to impede on children’s rights, as well as to contribute to the psychological challenges faced by the children whenever they are exposed to the criminal justice system. In this study the constitutional validity of section 154(3) is investigated and it is argued that it is unconstitutional in all respects. The section contradicts the specific right afforded to all children in the Bill of Rights, as well as other ancillary rights, which ought to ensure the progressive realisation of the protection afforded in terms of section 154(3). It is recommended, firstly, that section 154(3) be declared unconstitutional, and be amended to include child victims within the ambit of its protection. Secondly, the protection should extend beyond the age of 18, in respect of all children involved in criminal proceedings. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Research Foundation en_US
dc.format.extent ix.,131 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Limpopo en_US
dc.relation.requires pdf en_US
dc.subject Anonymity protection en_US
dc.subject Children in criminal proceedings en_US
dc.subject Best interests of the child en_US
dc.subject Victim extension of anonymity en_US
dc.subject Adult extension of anonymity en_US
dc.subject Media and children in court en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Criminal procedure. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Children -- Law and legislation. en_US
dc.title The protection of children's identities in the criminal justice system: an analysis on section 154(3) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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