STOP ALLOWING THE RACIALLY DIVISIVE TALK OF CORRUPT POLITICIANS & SENSATIONALIST TALK SHOW HOSTS.
STOP. ASK YOURSELF – HAVE YOU SEEN PROOF OF A RAPE OR PROOF OF AN ASSAULT? LET THE LAW RUN ITS COURSE. IF IT FAILS THEN IT CAN BE TAKEN FURTHER BY THE PUBLIC
Many social media users have accused the media of protecting the Dros “rapist” by not revealing his identity but this is not the case. It is simply against the CPA to name and shame the suspect at this stage.
In other words, naming him now could potentially give his legal team a defence which will weaken the case against him if he is guilty.
According to Section 154 (2B) of the Criminal Procedure Act:
(b) No person shall at any stage before the appearance of an accused in a court upon any charge referred to in section 153(3) or at any stage after such appearance but before the accused has pleaded to the charge, publish in any manner whatever any information relating to the charge in question.
Realistically this is not always possible with the unmanageable levels of crime, & at some stage we have to chose between remaining silent about crimes or to speak out & create awareness in the public interest
Take note that section 153(3) says:
(3) In criminal proceedings relating to a charge that the accused committed or attempted to commit- (a) any sexual offence as contemplated in section 1 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007, towards or in connection with any other person; (b) any act for the purpose of furthering the commission of a sexual offence as contemplated in section 1 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007, towards or in connection with any other person; or (c) extortion or any statutory offence of demanding from any other person some advantage which was not due and, by inspiring fear in the mind of such other person, compelling him to render such advantage.
In cases of rape, the identity of the suspect cannot be revealed until they have pleaded in open court. “This usually only happens at the commencement of a criminal trial,” reports eNCA.
These laws are also in place as a way to protect the identity of the rape survivor or the accuser in cases of sexual assault.
As it stands, the Dros case has been postponed until 2 October pending further investigation, so the suspect has not yet been given the chance to plead to the charges.
Having said that, it should also be noted that the criminal justice system in South Africa has a successful conviction rate of less than 5% so if it becomes clear that he is indeed guilty & that there was a victim involved & it is not heresay then we are confident that justice will be dealt one way or another