Sexual offences courts to 'reduce backlog'

2013-08-10 14:57
Women, Children and People with Disability Minister Lulu Xingwana. (File, GCIS)

Women, Children and People with Disability Minister Lulu Xingwana. (File, GCIS)

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Johannesburg - The re-launch of the sexual offences courts would help reduce the backlog of sexual crimes cases, Women's Minister Lulu Xingwana said on Friday.

"We commend the minister of justice [Jeff Radebe] for relaunching the sexual offences courts..." she said in a Women's Day speech prepared for delivery.

On Tuesday, Radebe announced that at least 22 sexual offences courts would open this year, in a revival of the system of dedicated courts to fight rape.

Another 35 sexual offences courts would be set up within the next three years.

Xingwana said the strengthening of law enforcement measures, especially the re-establishment of family violence, child protection and sexual offences units within the police would go a long way towards fighting rape and violence against women.

"We also commend our courts for life sentences meted out that will serve as a deterrent to perpetrators of crimes such as rape of women, children and people with disabilities, including lesbian women," she said.

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