For many years South Africans have been calling for a list of convicted paedophiles to be made available like that of the United States however the Department of Justice maintain that revealing details of offenders will go against their right to privacy.
The Constitution limits the number of people who are allowed access to the information, yet the public are demanding better protection of their children.
In the USA the public can freely search a list of registered paedophiles online to establish where they reside.
South Africa is bound by the Bill of Rights which protects the details of offenders being made public, despite their names already being in the public domain via the media and court battle.
The civil rights group #NotInMyNameSA are pushing for a public register since recent scandals of sexual abuse came out at Parktown Boys School and Valhalla Primary.
The United States is the only country that has a sex offender registry that is available to the public – [familywatchdog.us – 6/14/18]
How effective would be making the National Register for Sexual Offenders public? [dailymaverick.co.za – 9/17/19]
Yikes. Considering the problem of xenophobic public lynchings plaguing SA, imagine the carnage should a sex offenders list go public.
The Rainbow Nation has deteriorated into roving bands of armed criminals (just Youtube robberies in South Africa), illegal land confiscation by the corrupt government, murder, banks stealing money from their investors, and people having to hire their own security to stay safe, yet S.A feels the need for a sex offender registry that will allow the roving bandits to know which houses have unarmed occupants. But maybe this is good since South Africa is becoming the rape capital of the world. Maybe if the criminals were in jail instead of roaming the streets that might help. Keep your priorities straight S.A.
Pedophilia is a sustained exclusive or primary sexual attraction a post pubescent adult has to prepubescent children for a minimum number of months. Other conditions probably must be met as well for anyone to be medically diagnosed as a pedophile. This doesn’t mean the adult acted on the attraction, doing so overwhelmingly makes the activity a crime. However just because someone did something doesn’t mean they are a pedophile. Terminology matters since using the correct words and phrases leads to better understanding. Not sure about the exact legal text in south Africa, but I doubt the mental health community uses the term pedophile the same way courts and the law does.