May 27 2013 at 11:30am
Consensual child sex ruling looms
"Kissing, hugging and cuddling - innocent acts between children or sexual acts which could lead to their being arrested?
The Constitutional Court is to hear a case on Thursday to confirm a court ruling that the law should not make it a criminal offence for children aged 12 to 15 to have consensual sex.
In January, Judge Pierre Rabie ruled in the Pretoria High Court, that certain sections of the Sexual Offences and Related Matters Amendment Act were invalid. His ruling had to go to the Constitutional Court to be confirmed and has been set down for Thursday.
It has been hailed as a victory for children’s rights as children would not be criminalised for normal activity.
The sections in question make it an offence for children 12 to 15 to engage in consensual sexual acts, including kissing and light petting."