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National Register of GBV Offenders to be Reviewed

September 6, 2019

The Presidency

6 September 2019

The National Register of Gender-Based Violence Offenders is to be reviewed and modernized in order to ensure that it is effective in combating gender-based violence.

President Ramaphosa announced this in an address to the nation on public and gender-based violence.

He added that the review is designed to ensure that the Register is effective in combating gender-based violence.

According to the president, the National Register of Offenders will list all the men convicted of acts of violence against women and children.

Parliament will also be asked to consider amending the legislation to make the Register public.

The president also plans to propose to cabinet that “all crimes against women and children should attract harsher minimum sentences”.

“We agree with the women of our country that the state should oppose bail and parole for perpetrators of rape and murder against women and children.”

Rehabilitation programmes in prisons will also be increased and reconfigured to reduce the number of repeat offenders.

The president called for all gender-based violence cases that have been closed or were not properly investigated to be reviewed.

Emergency response teams, consisting of police, social development, health, justice and education, will be set up at provincial level to “continue providing rapid and comprehensive responses to all forms of violence against women”.

The backlog of cases, delays in DNA testing and the availability of rape test kits in police stations will also be addressed.

A national multi-faceted plan to prevent gender-based violence via school programmes, community initiatives and workplace policies will be drawn up.

In addition, Parliament will be asked to discuss and identify urgent interventions that can be implemented without delay.