“It was a mad decision,” said one senior counsel, referring to the Supreme Court ruling that a section of the 1935 Criminal Law Amendment Act was unconstitutional.
The court’s decision has led to political panic and legislative hysteria. As convicted child molesters moved to overturn their convictions, the public clamour for political scapegoats has become deafening. Yet a close examination of the Supreme Court judgment shows that the whole saga need never have happened....
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