Punish perpetrators of violence: Xingwana

2012-05-11 14:01

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.

  • keith.recore - 2012-05-11 14:17

    Now insure your actions and those of all the involved agencies match your statements to put an end to this scourge against some of the most vulnerable. Your leadership to getting this done is imperative Minister Xingwana and yes definitely a priority to bring some dignity back to basic life of so many. In addition, the mentality of the cause why there are so many perpetrators of these types of crimes must be addressed as well and immediately.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-11 14:20

    Yada yada yada....... we've heard it all before. No good saying all the right things then no delivery. Let's see it happen, then we will give credit where credit is due.

  • Angelica - 2012-05-11 14:26

    EXACTLY and violent crimes against anyone murder rape etc Bring back the death penalty!!!

  • Marion - 2012-05-11 14:30

    Perhaps it is time that the government is proactive and sends well-trained delegates to all schools to educate our youth about the consequences of these sort of crimes rather than just providing support for victims. At least one visit per youth to a juvenile detention centre / jail may also serve as a deterrent. Perhaps the fear factor before a crime is committed will work where 'education' about how we should treat women and children has failed. Perhaps.

      Pastoor - 2012-05-11 16:40


  • Lwazi Sibiya - 2012-05-11 14:31

    Toothless ministry, mxm

  • Hester - 2012-05-11 14:55

    They used to hang people for crimes like this. Bring back the death penalty.

      Matthew - 2012-05-11 15:43

      Whoever thumbs downed Hester and further up with leonard, you really are Naieve if you cant see thats the only way crimals will fear the justice system. Bring back the death penalty. The End

  • Thembi - 2012-05-11 15:18

    Let's hope you mean it Xingwana coz for now the rapists are still getting bail and commit more and more rapes without fear of being arrested as evidenced by the number of rapes in this on eath can a rapist get bail?only in south Africa I'm sure.

  • Matthew - 2012-05-11 15:40

    My Dear Minister Lulu a well spoken statement you've talked the talk now lets see the walk and oh yes,the answer you're looking for is simple bring back the death penalty. Enough said

  • George - 2012-05-11 16:22

    Oh I see, then its OK to shoot a young mother in front of her kids. Weird. BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY NOW, and make it retrospective from 1994.

  • David.J.Swart - 2012-05-11 16:27

    Why not just all crimes of violence??

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