Crime victims should have same rights as prisoners, MPs told

2016-04-15 14:17
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Cape Town – Victims of crime should get the same rights as perpetrators, an Eastern Cape man told the constitutional review committee’s public hearings on Friday.

"What is good for the goose, should be good for the gander. If the perpetrator of a crime gets free education, so should their victim. If they get free food, so should their victim," Fezidinga Nqabeni told MPs.

Once a year, members of the public are invited to submit proposals to Parliament for constitutional amendments.

On Friday, the committee was dealing with backlogged submissions from 2013, one of which was Nqabeni’s.

He told the committee that perpetrators of crime were put in jail and had access to free accommodation, food, and education. The victim and taxpayers paid for it.

Meanwhile, the victim struggled to come to terms with the crime, Nqabeni said, using rape as an example.

Nqabeni said it was not fair that prisoners had access to more services than their victims.

MPs asked Nqabeni if he had any solutions or proposals on how this could be done, and whether his call meant prisoners should have no rights at all.

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