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In what has been hailed as “a ma­jor vic­tory for all vic­tims of sex­ual abuse”, the South Gaut­eng High Court on 20 June ruled that sex­ual abuse cases are no longer lim­ited to a 20-year cut-off date, Mail & Guardian re­ported. The court de­clared Sec­tion 18 of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Act – which held that crimes of rape may be pros­e­cuted at any stage, but vic­tims of sex­ual abuse crimes had to lay charges within 20 years – un­con­sti­tu­tional. The case was brought by eight men and women who filed a civil law­suit in 2013 against bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man Sid­ney Frankel, al­leg­ing that Frankel, who died in April, sex­u­ally abused them as chil­dren.

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