PARLIAMENT has been ordered by the Cape High Court to amend legislation that up to now allowed for the automatic listing of all sex offenders in a register for those convicted of any contravention of the Sexual Offences Act.
Convicted sex offenders will now get a chance to convince a judge that their names should not go in the register.
Port Elizabeth attorney and Lobby for Change member Joanne Anthony said the significance of the ruling by Judge Robert Henney was that presiding officers would have a choice not to have convicted people listed in the register as it might be fundamentally unfair in certain cases.
The Port Elizabeth Lobby for Change is an advocacy group campaigning for the proper functioning of the sex offenders' register, among other things.
Under the present legislation even teenagers who are caught kissing can be listed as sex offenders.
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