Helping hand for W Cape magistrates
Johannesburg - A database of accredited offender diversion facilities will be made available to Western Cape magistrates to help the legal system deal better with young offenders, the social development MEC said on Sunday.
"This will ensure that magistrates have the necessary information at their disposal to make informed decisions specific to the location and needs of the offending child when they sentence children to complete a diversion programme," said MEC Albert Fritz.
The decision was made after Fritz met the departments of justice, social development, community safety, and education, and the national prosecuting authority, the SAPS and NGOs.
"While this is but one step in the right direction, it could go a long way to ensure that we divert young offenders onto proper programmes, so as to meaningfully and positively influence their antisocial behaviour and give them a fair chance in life," said Fritz.