Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
2 minute read
9 Mar 2021
5:19 am

Boeremag inmate’s bid for conjugal visits dismissed

Bernadette Wicks

Judge Jody Kollapen found that prison inmates did not have the express right to conjugal visits under either South African or international law.

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The High Court in Pretoria has shot down a legal bid by Boeremag member Wilhelm Pretorius to be allowed conjugal visits with his wife while in prison. The court last week dismissed Pretorius’ bid, with Judge Jody Kollapen finding prison inmates did not have the express right to conjugal visits under either South African or international law. “Nor can the constitution be interpreted to provide support for the existence of such a right which is inconsistent with the notion of incarceration.” The judge did say the question of whether conjugal visits should be a feature of our correctional system was...