High Court flooded with newly en­acted SODV Act cases

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Sandile Nkam­bule

Since the newly en­acted Sex­ual Of­fences and Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence (SODV) Act was put into place in the King­dom of Eswa­tini, the High Court has been flooded with bail ap­pli­ca­tions by ac­cused per­sons charged un­der the Act.

This was yes­ter­day ev­i­dent by the fact that recorded as the first crim­i­nal case in 2019 was an SODV case in­volv­ing a 39year old man who al­legedly had sex­ual in­ter­course with a 14-year old girl.

Of note is that most of the ac­cused per­sons in their af­fi­davits filed be­fore court, claim that the com­plainants were their girl­friends whom had con­sented to hav­ing sex­ual in­ter­course.

How­ever, some of those who claim the com­plainants were their girl­friends also al­lege that they did not have sex­ual in­ter­course with the com­plainants.

The act was put into place in July 2018 and since then the High Court has been flooded with bail ap­pli­ca­tions by men ac­cused of hav­ing con­tra­vened same.

In most bail ap­pli­ca­tions for ac­cused per­sons charged un­der the act, the youngest mi­nor in­volved was at the age of 13.

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