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Lamola Shines Light on Domestic Violence Amendment Act

May 19, 2022

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The Online Web Portal for Domestic Violence Applications for Protection Orders has been developed.

The justice and correctional services minister, Ronald Lamola, confirmed this during the justice and constitutional development department 2022 Budget Vote speech in parliament.

The minister added that the system will be accessed by the public as soon as the date of commencement for the Domestic Violence Amendment Act is set this year.

The minister also pointed out that the amendment to the Regulations for the Domestic Violence Amendment Act will be approved soon.

The amendment to Regulations for the National Register for Sex Offenders, which has been aligned with the new Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act of 2021, will also be approved soon.

The minister confirmed that the department will be working on 18 bills in the current financial year that will “transform our policy trajectory”.

“This includes the RICA bill that will provide additional oversight mechanisms and bring it up to date with the latest technological advancement”, he said.

Meanwhile, during his Budget Vote speech, the deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, John Jeffery, on the issue of the decriminalisation of sex work, pointed out that there are “various different policy options to consider with a view to legislative reform and I have been engaging with key stakeholders on the form that this reform should take”.

The department plans to take a draft bill to cabinet soon for approval to be published for public comment.

“The issue of decriminalization may be a contested one, but is also one that needs to be debated and a decision taken, as the issue has been one which has been delayed for far too long”, he said.