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The 2015 AGM of JASA was held on Thursday 28 May 2015 in Cape Town.
See Newsletters and Reports for the 2015 JASA Annual Report.

Top TV Porn
Latest news, 15 May 2015: ODM fined R25000 by Broadcasting Commission for broadcasting Porn over the Christmas period in breach of the High Court order. No Constitutional Court appeal. Broadcasting has stopped. Clean Sweep victory, and ODM pay all the costs of both sides.

Background:
On 3 November 2014 Mr Justice Bozalek handed down his judgment. He struck down the licence granted to broadcast 3 pornography channels making it illegal to do so from that date. JASA and its 2 co-applicants were awarded costs against both ICASA and ODM (TopTV’s successors).

On December 12 the judge refused ODM and ICASA leave to appeal against his judgment. Thereafter ODM defied the law in continuing to broadcast the pornographic channels without a licence. On January 7 2015, ODM filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein seeking leave to appeal. The court have not yet ruled on that Petition.

See Current Cases for previous Media Releases and Judgment and Court Order.
Attorneys Norman, Wink and Stephens, and Advocate Darryl Cooke act for JASA.

Consensual sex between teenagers under 16
Stop Press, 15 May 2015: Parliament ask Con Court for an extension of time until August to pass a new Bill due to huge number of submissions.

Read JASA’s submission here.

Following the Constitutional Court judgment in the Teddy Bear Clinic case on October 3 2013, upholding JASA’s request that the matter of consensual sex between children under 16 should be referred back to Parliament, public hearings were held in Parliament on 10 February 2015. The court found that any criminal sanction against children for sexual activity would be unconstitutional, and also ordered that there should be no prosecutions whilst the matter was under consideration in Parliament. JASA is engaged in considering its submissions and seeks any help others can provide.

See JASA Media Release, and an article for The Times newspaper by John Smyth, setting out why JASA believes that there must be restrictions on child sex.

New Board member: JASA welcomes Joel Sangster, an IT specialist and member of Church on Main to the Board as of November 2014.

 

Closure of Western Cape Children's Homes: This important case against the W. Cape Provincial Government is now fixed to be heard in the High Court on 24 June 2015. It was hoped that the government would submit to a consent order ensuring that children in need of care who had not offended against the law would be not be detained with offenders in lock-down facilities. It now seems that the government will keep open only one suitable home, instead of four previously, and accordingly the childrens’ magistrates are left with a grave shortage of suitable placements. The matter will therefore proceed to a hearing unless the government has a change of heart. JASA believes that placing innocent children in secure homes with offenders is contrary to the best interests of such children as required by the Constitution.

See Current Cases to read the Notice of Motion, two affidavits, and Media release. Attorneys C&A Friedlander and Advocates Ismail Jamie,SC and Brendan Studi act for JASA and the Ottery Children’s Home.

JASA’s plans for a new website to be known as RABSA (Report a Bribe South Africa): Following many months of research and planning, JASA applied in 2014 to an overseas Foundation to fund this project. The Premier of the Western Cape wrote a letter of support for the project. Late last year the Templeton World Charity Foundation approved a grant to be used exclusively for this project over a period of three years. The IT company, Pulling Rabbits, is now engaged in setting up the website and ‘platform’ which will enable members of the public to report bribery and corruption direct to the new website or by mobile phones using USSD. The reports may be anonymous or provide full details. The technology will identify ‘hot-spots’ of corruption, and the JASA team will then ensure that that whenever the evidence is available, prosecutions are launched. The Hawks in the Western Cape have promised their full support and cooperation, and it is hoped that the project will be extended to the Eastern Cape later in the year. Pulling Rabbits will also be responsible for media promotion of the scheme which is expected to go ‘live’ by the middle of 2015.

Bill to protect children and women from internet and cell phone pornography: Following a long history which began in 2010 with Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, inviting JASA to draft a bill to curb internet porn, JASA has consulted over the last 3 years with Ministers Naledi Pando and Fatima Chohan. Minister Gigaba, who initiated this whole matter is now back at Home Affairs with Fatima Chohan continuing as Deputy, so we are pushing for a new initiative to take this matter forward. The need for it becomes more urgent everyday as the world wakes up to the havoc, often addiction, which internet porn is causing. See for example "The Porn Trap" published by Harper Collins and available on Kindle.

 

Psychologists and their patients suffering discrimination: This important case, in which JASA represents 600 psychologists in a group known as ReLPAG, continues a slow road towards a hearing. The recent highlighting by the Sunday Times of the appalling shortage of mental health practitioners, makes the case the more urgent. The Minister of Health and HPCSA have at last, very belatedly, filed their responding papers.

See Current Cases for recent Supplementary Affidavit and previous papers filed in the Western Cape High Court and related JASA Media Release.
Attorneys A Batchelor & Associates and Advocates Darryl Cooke and Gavin Brown act for JASA and ReLPAG.

Marie Stopes: JASA is currently advising Nathalie Barden who had an extremely unpleasant experience at Marie Stopes clinic in Cape Town on 14th and 15th October 2013. Zeenat Pillay, who brought a claim in the High Court for damages against the same clinic arising out of failure to counsel her before her abortion, and medical negligence during the procedure, has had her claim settled to her satisfaction by the clinic.
Princess Vlei, Cape Town: The City have now dropped their plan to develop this beautiful and historic part of Cape Town.

JASA and Florence Mbombela: JASA has continued to make every effort to obtain the title deeds for Mrs Mbombela’s Langa home; no one disputes she is entitled to them, but the City are still in the grip of nearly 20 years inertia. We were very near an agreement to be endorsed by the Court but the City have yet again sought to insist on unreasonable changes to it.

See Current Cases for court papers and Media Release. Attorneys BBM Law and Advocate Melanie Holderness act for JASA and Florence Mbombela.

 

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