Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Draft Amendment Bill

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Submissions must be received by no later than 31 January 2023

Justice and Correctional Services

‚ÄčThe Department of Justice and Constitutional Development invites interested parties to submit written comments on the proposed Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Bill, 2022 (the Bill).

Comments must be submitted to the Chief Directorate: Legislative Development at  Bills1@justice.gov.za by no later than Tuesday, 31 January 2023

The purpose of the Bill is to repeal the Sexual Offences Act, 1957 (Act No. 23 of 1957) as well as section 11 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No. 32 of 2007) to decriminalise the sale and purchase of adult sexual services and to provide for matters connected therewith.

The Bill only decriminalises sex work insofar as it relates to the buying and selling of adult sexual services. Engaging in sexual services with children or persons who are mentally disabled remains an offence under the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007. 

Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the legislative development process, by making inputs based on facts in order to improve the Bill.

Further information can be obtained from the Chief Directorate: Legislative Development at 012 406 4769/ 4753.

 

Address by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Mr Ronald Lamola (MP) at the media briefing on the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Bill of 2022, the decriminalisation of sex work, 09 December 2022