The judge, citing earlier cases to buttress his point, added: “Her appearance is important because the moral blameworthiness of the man will be less if he wrongly believes, from her appearance, that she is older than she actually is.“Similarly, the girl’s character — whether she be virgin or promiscuous, a flirt or demure — must have a like bearing on whether the accused was knowingly preying on the innocent or merely risking lying with an underage but worldly-wise girl.”Magaisa says the attitude of some magistrates and judges like Justice Mutema is slowing down the campaign against child abuse.
He said: “The law does not provide sufficient protection for young girls, but worse, the attitude of the judges and magistrates to sexual offences leaves a lot to be desired.
Writing on Twitter last Saturday, Prof Moyo said: “There are no extenuating circumstances in statutory rape (sex with a young person).
A child below 16 cannot consent to any sexual act.“In Zimbabwe, the legal age of consent is 16.”Chiedza Simbo, the former director of the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association, said the categorisation of sexual offences opened too many loopholes. we’ve some clauses talking of children under 14 or under 12 years.“We can’t have a Grade 7 pupil consenting to sexual intercourse.
Harare – President Robert Mugabe's former deputy, now leader of the opposition Zimbabwe People First (Zim PF), Joice Mujuru, has reportedly accused a group of party leaders she expelled last week of "seeking to turn her into a sex slave".In April, Plumtree magistrate Livard Philemon sentenced a 19-year-old man who impregnated his employer’s Grade 7 daughter, 13, to 315 hours of community service.While observing that Conscience Nleya, of Bulilima, had “destroyed the girl’s future”, Philemon still handed out the light sentence.Używamy plików cookie, aby pomóc w personalizacji treści, dostosowywać i analizować reklamy oraz zapewnić bezpieczne korzystanie z serwisu.Klikając lub nawigując w tej witrynie, wyrażasz zgodę na gromadzenie przez nas informacji na Facebooku i poza nim przy użyciu plików cookie.Writing in The Chronicle today, he said: “While it’s often said the age of consent in Zimbabwe is 16 years, it is on analysis, effectively 12 years for girls.