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In the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007, Parliament reformed and codified the law on sexual offences and made it gender-neutral.The common-law presumption relating to girls under 12 was replaced by a general presumption that children under 12 cannot consent.

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The Immorality Amendment Act, 1969, which was enacted in response to a national moral panic over homosexuality, raised to 19 the age below which the Immorality Act prohibited sex between males.

The Immorality Amendment Act, 1988 inserted mirror provisions applying to women, prohibiting intercourse between a woman and a boy under 16 or a girl under 19.

The highlighted age refers to an age at or above which an individual can engage in unfettered sexual relations with another person who is also at or above that age.

Other variables, for example homosexual and/or sodomy provision(s) that are illegal or close in age exceptions may exist and are stated when relevant.

The age of consent in Africa for sexual activity varies by jurisdiction across the continent. The specific activity engaged in or the gender of its participants can also be affected by the law.

Below is a discussion of the various laws dealing with this subject.

"Heterosexual Sodomy" (anal and/or oral sex with an opposite-sex partner) is illegal, Article 388 of the Penal Code.

As well as all same-sex sexual conduct, Article 338, and "outrages to public decency", Article 333.

Presently, there is no defined age of consent, although sex is not allowed outside of marriage.

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