MMA’s application on public & family access in the Eugene Terreblanche trial

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In the Pretoria High Court Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), represented by the Centre for Child Law (CCL) submitted its application in the Eugene Terreblanche murder trial, seeking to rescind elements of a court order, granting limited access to members of the Terreblanche family and the public.

A one of the accused is a minor, the Eugene Terreblance murder trial constitutes a “child justice court” under the terms of the Child Justice Act that came into place in April 2010. In normal circumstances only those deemed necessary for the trial may be permitted access to the court, and this would exclude the media, members of the public, and members of a victim’s family from attending.

In this instance however, MMA accepted that the public interest requires limited media access, so long as the child accused is adequately protected.  On the 2 December 2010, following submissions by MMA to this effect, a court order was issued allowing limited access to sixteen named journalists.

However, despite the fact that no formal application had been made on behalf of the Terreblanche family or the public, the order also provided for limited access for four members of the Terreblanche family and sixteen members of the public. MMA is seeking to have these provisions relating to family and public access rescinded because they:

  • infringe on the rights of the child;
  • risk creating a dangerous precedent and
  • occurred in the absence of any formal application

In Pretoria the High Court today allowed the Terrblanche family to join proceedings in order to make an application opposing MMA’s request. The matter has been postponed. Counsel for MMA is also in consultations with legal representatives from all sides.

For more information please contact

William Bird
Director
Ashoka & Linc Fellow
Media Monitoring Africa
Formerly:
Media Monitoring Project

Mb: +2782 887 1370
Tel: +2711 788 1278
Fax: +2711 788 1289
www.mediamonitoringafrica.org

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