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'The conviction rate has improved since the sexual offences courts started'

Written by: Neo Koza

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola says new regulations around the sexual offences courts are aimed at ensuring that the courts are centred around victims.

The minister admits that while this effort is not the only way to address the challenges around justice for survivors, it is a start.

A victim could be able to testify without seeing the offender but also in terms of expert support, the regulations are aimed to ensure that this approach is standard across the country.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

We believe it is a good start to ensure that witnesses don't see our courts and precincts as hostile environments.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

The minister says the system is yielding positive results with other initiatives such as the Thuthuzela Care Centres.

It is a huge value chain which believe is enhancing the system.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Where we have such centres and these processes, the conviction rate has improved since the sexual offences court started up until today.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

We are on the right track, we just need to intensify it.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

This article first appeared on 702 : 'The conviction rate has improved since the sexual offences courts started'




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