CANGO extends appreciation to MPs for allaying nation’s fears for reversing further deferred SODV Bill

Fears that the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence (SODV) Bill might be again deferred were quickly eliminated after Members of the House of Assembly accepted the amendment of the upper House of Senate to increase the consenting age from 16 to 18 years.


Held through majority vote by Members of Parliament, the Senate’s only amendment was adopted by the Assembly putting the SODV Bill No of 2015 further closer into being an Act of Parliament.

The Assembly which had earlier adopted the proposed age of consent as 16 accepted with little reservations Senate’s amendment to 18 years, as Senate’s sentiments were communicated by the Deputy Prime Minister, Paul Dlamini. These included enlisting other laws which are in conflict with the Bill to move for repeal, Lobamba Lomdzala MP Marwick Khumalo submitted.
The Bill will fully become an Act once it receives His Majesty the King’s signed pronunciation.
For two parliaments, civil society, including CANGO and consortia members have advocated and lobbied for stronger deterrence as a form of addressing widespread domestic violence and gender-based abuse, CANGO Communications said, adding that their fears that history would repeat itself were now put to ease.




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