In light of the recent public outcry for #JusticeForThoriso which involves the violent murder of 28 year old Thoriso Themane at the alleged hands of seven teenagers aged between 13 and 16 from Capricorn High School in Polokwane, Law Focus decided to examine what the South African criminal justice system says about minors committing heinous crimes. 

Joining us for this conversation is Justice Magayi from Legal Aid South Africa who will clarify how crimes committed by minors are handled, and whether the calls for harsher punishments will be considered. We also speak to clinical psychologist Thabang Tlaka and social worker Orapeleng Phale to better understand the social and psychological reasons why young people resort to crime.

This edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy and Legal Aid South Africa: Produced by Simba Honde and hosted by Veronica Makhoali, Millicent Ndiweni, Siyabonga Motha and Sesethu Zingelwa. Technical production provided by Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.