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SA Law Commission sex work report expected soon

Publish date: 15 May 2017
Issue Number: 725
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: South Africa

A report from the South African Law Commission with legislative proposal around sex work was expected to be released for public comment soon, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said last week, according to a report on the IoL site. Responding to questions from MPs in the National Assembly, Ramaphosa said various legislative proposals were contained in the report. He conceded that government was not acting uniformly with its stance on sex work, which remains illegal until legislative reforms are in place. The Deputy President said there were various options on the table, including the criminalisation of buying sex, rather than arresting those selling sex. ‘The jury is still out on whether criminal buying rather than selling is more effective or works better,’ said Ramaphosa. ‘Let us debate this matter…and see how best we come out as South Africans and in the end it’s going to be a South African solution to a global challenge and problem.’

Full report on the IoL site