Opening of sexual offenders court

The official opening of a sexual offences court in Sibasa outside Thohoyandou, on Friday 13 September 2019 is an indication of the ANC Government's serious commitment to address the scourge of gender based violence in our country. The court will accelerate prosecution rates in the region. In addition, it will assist in alleviating caseloads in Magistrate Courts in the Vhembe region, which is grappling with alarming rates of gender-based violence, with more than 13 000 open cases in that region which includes rape, domestic violence and deaths.

The ANC commends its Government for prioritizing gender based violence as well as for availing resources to this effect. The opening of this court brings to 94 the number of sexual offences courts across the country. We also await another ten (10) sexual offences courts which are expected to be opened across the country before the end of 2019.

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