Saturday, October 28, 2006

Constitutional Courts hears single mother's plea

By Tarryn Le Chat
28 October 2006

A single mother facing several months in jail for fraud has asked Chief Justice Pius Langa to help keep her out of prison to avoid her children being taken into foster care.

Karen Maneveld’s children are to speak on her behalf when the court hears why she believes she should not go to jail.

Her case will be heard by the Constitutional Court early next year.

Maneveld was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment with the provision that she be considered for correctional supervision after serving eight months.

Justice Langa indicated that the question the court wanted to hear argument on was what was the duty of a sentencing court in the light of the constitution’s stating that a paramount importance in every matter concerning the child?

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