Punish perpetrators of violence: Xingwana

2012-05-11 14:01

kalahari.com

Cape Town - Perpetrators of violent crimes against women, children, and the disabled should get the heaviest possible sentences, Minister Lulu Xingwana said on Friday.

"The horrific spate of persistent violence against women and children continues to be a matter of serious national concern," she told the National Assembly during debate on the women, children and people with disabilities department's budget vote.

Violence condemned women and girls to a life of fear and prevented them from being productive members of society.

"Women and children need our collective efforts to ensure that they can walk the streets without fear of being raped, assaulted, or killed."

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's efforts to strengthen and resource the re-established family violence, child protection, and sexual offences units at police stations would expedite responses to these crimes.

The nation's conscience

The National Prosecuting Authority had increased Thuthuzela centres to over 40 around the country to provide response, care, and support to victims of violent sexual crimes.

Xingwana also commended Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi for recruiting and training forensic technicians to staff a fourth forensic laboratory. Additional specialised courts and personnel could help speed up and reduce the backlog of sexual offences and all cases relating to children.

"We are engaging with the department of justice and advocating for our justice system to impose the heaviest possible sentences and no bail for perpetrators of violent crimes against women and children, including those with disabilities."

Cabinet recently approved the establishment of the national council against gender-based violence, to be led by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

"The council's first deliverable, among other things, will be to review, facilitate, and monitor the implementation of the 365 days national action plan on no violence against women and children."

Xingwana said the recent spate of violence against children had touched the nation's conscience profoundly.
- SAPA
Read more on:    lulu xingwana
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
12 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Stand up paddler rides over shark!

This stand up paddler had no idea that a great white shark was directly beneath him when he went gliding out to shore.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Bear Grylls’ top 10 things kids should do outdoors
You HAVE to see this MTB Tsunami Fip!
Mountain unicycling – say WHAT?
Top tips to ensure you’re running right

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

20% off Afrikaans books, music and DVDs. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Hot gaming titles – available for pre-order!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and more. Pre-order now!

Get a free eBook

Buy 3 eBooks and get the cheapest FREE. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Pushing too hard and doing too much may have left you feeling drained and overwhelmed. You may need time out to recharge and reset...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.