I have considered all that was said and referred to.
but in this judgment I have merely referred to the more salient aspects thereof.
What concerns us in the present application are certain of the offences created in Part 1 of Chapter 3, being sexual offences against certain children, and more particularly the offences created in section 15(1) and section 16(1).
Chapter 2 of the Act criminalises non-consensual acts of sexual penetration and sexuai violation with any person, including both adults and children of any age, as well as other types of sexual acts.
The first Amicus Curiae is the WOMEN’S LEGAL CENTRE TRUST.
According to its constitution the core objective of the first amicus curiae is to advance and protect the human rights of all women and girls in South Africa, particularly women who suffer many intersecting forms of disadvantage.
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The third amicus curiae has in the past often participated in litigation relating to a wide variety of issues and was again allowed to do so in the present behalf of all children at risk of being criminalised under sections 15 and 16 of the Act and processed by the criminal justice system, pursuant to section 38(c) of the Constitution and section 15(2)(c) of the Children’s Act, 38 of 2005 (the “Children’s Act”); and Before I proceed with a discussion of the merits of the application I wish to express my appreciation and gratitude for the assistance rendered to this court by all the parties and the amici curiae both in the form of heads of argument and oral argument in court.
The activities of the second amicus curiae are extensive and it was allowed to participate in these proceedings for the obvious interest it has in the subject matter of the application.9.
The third Amicus Curiae is the JUSTICE ALLIANCE OF SOUTH AFRICA which is a non-profit voluntary association whose objectives are detailed in clause 4 of its constitution.
It is estimated that more than half-a-million rapes are committed annually in the country.
Rees Mann, of the South African Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, said nearly 20 per cent of sexual violations reported were on men.