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concourtTimesLive reports on the view of former Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob that if there was one thing the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) still needed to rectify, it was the decriminalisation of prostitution.  

In an interview to mark the 21st anniversary of the Constitution, he pointed out that he was not saying sex work was a good thing or a bad thing and that the morality of it did not interest him.  But the judge went on to say:  "I think making sex work criminal is wrong.  It is against the [prostitutes'] right to make their own decisions.  [Prostitutes] are the most vulnerable people as far as HIV is concerned.  We cannot solve the HIV crisis without decriminalising sex work.  So I think that is an issue which I would love the court to reconsider in the constitutional era of today."  He also commented that South Africa, which boasts one of the world's most progressive constitutions, was still riddled with inequality, racism and patriarchy.

  • Read this report by Naledi Shange in full at TimesLive

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