Sexual offences courts reconsidered

2013-02-12 14:23

Johannesburg - A task team is looking at what resources will be needed to reopen the sexual offences courts, the justice department said on Tuesday.

"Following recent cases of sexual violence in the Western Cape and other parts of the country, minister Jeff Radebe decided to give an update on the work done by the task [team] he established last year to look into resuscitation of the sexual offences courts," spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

In December, the ministerial task team reviewing the closure of sexual offences courts recommended they be reinstated.

Mhaga said a timeframe for when this would happen had not been drawn up, but said Radebe was treating the matter seriously.

Anene Booysen case

There was a public outcry about the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen.

Booysen, 17, was found raped and severely injured at a construction site on the morning of 2 February and died in hospital that night.

After the story had been widely reported by the media, the hashtag #StopRape was trending on Twitter, and anti-rape marches were organised around South Africa.

Radebe has previously indicated that sexual offences courts will be reopened soon.

"We want to be thorough in the process of auditing and also allocating enough funds, and also allocating the relevant people with the required skills," Radebe said.

"People should exercise a bit of patience, but we're committed to ensuring that the process moves as fast as possible."

  • craig.joseph2 - 2013-02-12 14:33

    Well that's funny. You guys don't seem to be so spend-thrift when it comes to Nkandla or wanting to spend copious amounts of money bailing out the SABC and SAA. Priorities, priorities...

      George - 2013-02-12 16:16

      Have a look at Radebe's face above. Is that not an example of what we need to change in this country?

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-12 17:26

      We don't have a jury system.

      Ryan - 2013-02-13 09:29

      whats the point of a sexual offenses court. probably just the same as regular court. i wish sexual offenses court can recommend castration ...

  • markjack.deppe - 2013-02-12 14:39

    People has been patient for close to 19 years Mr. Radebe and while they have been patient, Children are killed, old people are killed, farmers are killed, crime is on the increase, farms are burnt down, strikes are spiraling, our people are unemployed, and you are expecting us to be more patient?? When you mentioned ''the relevant people with the required skill'' were you refering to the unemployed masses or your comrades who elect to do your every whim without question. By the time that we have to wait for action from your incompetent government I see only one of two choices on the horison. ''The ANC will vanish or a bloodbath''

      yaya188 - 2013-02-12 15:26

      I TOLD YA..........I posted in the last episode of the report or similar.....they wont do anything. If you make a noise like a dog, it doesnt mean you are a dog.....THEY DONT CARE .........

      silencekhorombi.silence - 2013-02-12 17:31

      Oh my god we are tired of their empty promises,these people are busy chewing public money doing nothing,mr radebe he never went to school for law but he is the minister in the name of justice,he is a failure in his department he better resign,come 2014 lets vote da and abandon this babarians.

      Ryan - 2013-02-13 09:44

      Silence, the average schooling age for those in goverment is Grade 10 ... its lower for the president

      Ryan - 2013-02-13 09:47

      I wouldnt let these ANC okes run a tuckshop, much less govern

  • sarah.bouttell - 2013-02-12 14:44

    The public, have been "treating the matter seriously" for some time now, how nice of the minister to finally consider joining in...

  • arc.con.98 - 2013-02-12 14:51

    "People should exercise a bit of patience,..." ??? Are you friggin kidding me!!!!???? Do your bloody job and get this done!!! Moron.

      kalabafazi - 2013-02-12 15:59

      We have been living with this lot for 18 years. How much more patience can we show????

  • zelda.dickson - 2013-02-12 14:52

    Been patient enough. How would the government feel if t were their wives or daughters. Castrate the rubbish publicly without any painkillers.

      nevergrowupgirl - 2013-02-12 15:45

      I second that! Public castration!!! Make examples of the useless scum. It is the only thing they are good for, examples for people who consider doing this!

      nevergrowupgirl - 2013-02-12 15:53

      Public castrations!!! If they can't treat kids and women with respect, and their w*llie$ bother them, CHOP THEM OFF! Why must our tax money go to feeding them, clothing them, teaching them? They get healthcare FOR FREE!!! The victims of rapists are often treated as sub human, and police have been reported for saying things like 'what did you do to provoke him?' Pathetic. The problem is this, you can't sit on a golden throne above your countrymen, and see what is really happening on the ground. Good leaders lead by good example... (EMPHASIS ON G-O-O-D)

      PB - 2013-02-13 08:12

      Seeing that we will never get the death penalty back, castration sounds like a very good idea.

  • thandi.moelatsi - 2013-02-12 15:01

    And how is this going to help...?

      Trevorcentury - 2013-02-12 15:08

      The ANC will pass a law saying violence against woman is illegal.... and force them to shower

      siyabonga.biyela1 - 2013-02-12 15:39

      Its like treating the symptoms

      PB - 2013-02-13 08:16

      Thandi, it is supposed to have these despicable 'humans' in the courts sooner - instead of dragging the case out for 20 months or more before anything happens. Also it (used to be) set up in a way to make it less horrific for victims, young or old, to testify and get help. By the sounds of it, trying to report a sexual offence at this stage, is like throwing yourself to the wolves.

  • Richard - 2013-02-12 15:07

    What difference does it make what you call the court. This does not change the efficiency of the court or the people who operate it. So now you get told that you will not go to the Regional Court but to the Sexual Offenses court. This the the problem with our Government. It is always management by crisis and everything is always put to task teams to investigate and special courts but in the end nothing happens other than running up the costs. Many years ago I was a prosecutor in the Regional Court. We did all cases including Rape and the system worked. It was like deleting Rape as a common Law crime and making it a Statutory Crime. Where is the benefit for the woman on the street. She is still being raped.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-12 17:28

      And by attending a specific court loses any anonymity she might feel she needs.

  • thandi.moelatsi - 2013-02-12 15:15

    maybe our communities should consider this: watch the movie:

  • ANASKA - 2013-02-12 15:15

    Recent cases of sexual abuse- WHAT UTTER CRAP - this has been going on for years so do not quote "recent"!!!

      kalabafazi - 2013-02-12 16:00

      It seem Radebe doesn't follow the news much.

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2013-02-12 15:20

    Those courts were started and left to fail. You not really committed to them otherwise the taskteams recommendations would have resulted in action.

  • grimble.grumble.98 - 2013-02-12 15:21

    The task team will sit and eat and spend and cost and put through a proposal that will amount to nothing. ANC is all words and no action, but all intelligent people know that already.

  • shawn.spinnler - 2013-02-12 15:24

    Capital punishment!Why must they deserve a right of any kind when they were not willing to extend the same right to the victim!

  • SantaC11 - 2013-02-12 15:39

    I love how goverment think TASK TEAMS are gonna sort out issues. Action guys bring the death penalty back END OF STORY.

      shawn.spinnler - 2013-02-12 15:47

      Exactly,rope is cheaper than a court process and these animals will only end up living in 5-star jail of tax payer money!!!

  • Erna - 2013-02-12 15:53

    'People should exercise a bit of patience .....' Tell that to Anene Booysen and her family! All very well for these guys - they all have body guards, and if security is not adequate, the stupid people of SA will pay for extra security!

  • msophiasharp - 2013-02-12 16:11

    And who is going to take care of case dockets i.e. ensuring it does not disappear or get lost and who will ensure these transgressors get apt (suitable) and prison sentence for life or maybe better still, castrate them ONE TIME....

  • Asdiedamwalbars - 2013-02-12 16:11

    Make them women .They deserve the death penalty..our taxpayer law abiding citizens don't deserve murderers and rapists disgrace of human beings in a civilized society. Those who hide behind democratic rights to cover for them --who ignore basic human rights a fellow human deserve a nd have the right to live a life and to say no has a rights.. Deserve no better.

  • pierre.dupreez.58 - 2013-02-12 16:32

    Ja Mr Minister of Justice, what have you been doing and where have you been, you and the so-called Minister of Police? Get your heads out of the "leada's" posterior and do what you are being paid to do.

  • msturmair - 2013-02-12 16:33

    dumb foolish this whole system, proper courts should have been in place regardless, criminal offences should be punished harshly, a life for a life = death penalty needs to be in place, people must be very affraid...who gives any person the right to harm innocence......

  • stertjie.stert - 2013-02-12 16:50

    Have the people not been patient enough alread!!!???

  • allan.whitton1 - 2013-02-12 16:59

    What use is it having more courts and sentencing criminals if there is no room in prisons and criminals get released early. Who do you release when the minor criminals are all released and there is little left except serious criminals. Here is an idea BUILD PRISONS it can also help create jobs (about 4 should do for just now) and if the prison population should drop we can use them as accommodation for the poor

  • allan.whitton1 - 2013-02-12 17:01

    Can we use Nkandla as a prison as it has all the security required and I'm sure the Pres will not mind as maybe he will be allowed to stay

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2013-02-12 17:02

    The anc are only acting now because the UN has said enough is enough - they are only trying to do damage control now - there is no political will or know how to sort this nonsense out. The world is awakening to the anc government failure, no DSTV programs with celebs reading out their well-acted out lines can make this pimple go away. The anc have failed the woman of this country, in fact, they have failed us all.

  • liza.mentor - 2013-02-12 17:28

    Stupid is, stupid was...all hope gone...wonder how long a parent will sit for taking out the trash? Govt impotence knows no bounds!

  • fred.potgieter.92 - 2013-02-13 07:05

    An African will always look for immediate satisfaction, there is nothing about looking or building for the future, everything is now and here. I work on a farm and its always fascinating to see the Africans in the rain. They would rather make a fire, stand around it in the rain, get warm for 30 min or so, than rather walk 300m to a covered area to stay dry for the day. So they would rather be wet and cold for the rest of the day but be warm for 30min... - James David Manning

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2013-02-13 08:12

    Baby Face wants to KEEP cultural traditions in place? Is he saying it will only happen when his wife or one of the nkandla harem are RAPED? Africa time PROVES that ubuntu is a myth that falls off political lips when convenient but leaves the average citizen grovelling worse than any slave in history. ANC FAILS AGAIN! What a useless piece of ANC trash, like the puppet in it's dripping bunker.

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