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Sexual Offences Courts Under the Spotlight

May 13, 2022

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Sexual offences courts continue to be set up in line with the Regulations relating to Sexual Offences Courts.

The deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, John Jeffery, highlighted this in an address at the launch of the Masibambisane Programme in Bloemfontein.

The deputy minister also pointed out that the justice and constitutional development department was also working with the South African Police Service and the National Prosecuting Authority to finalise backlog DNA reports.

Plans are also afoot to fast-track the vetting process of persons providing services directly to children and mentally disabled persons in terms of the National Register for Sex Offenders.

A Draft Victim Support Services Bill is also on the cards.

The social development department published the draft bill in 2020 for comment.

The Draft Bill is part of a critical legislative framework by government in its endeavour to combat the scourge of crime, in particular gender-based and violent crimes.

It, therefore, seeks to put the victim at the centre of the criminal justice system in order to ensure that the rights applicable to the perpetrator are also the rights entitled to the victim.