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New law will criminalise failure to report domestic violence - Ronald Lamola

Written by: Neo Koza

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says a newly established inter-ministerial committee will be tasked with collecting information related to COVID-19 procurement across government departments.

He says all departments will also be required to make the information public.

On Thursday, Lamola held a Cabinet briefing in which he spoke about this development, as well as three bills aimed at eradicating gender-based violence (GBV) making their way to Parliament now that they have Cabinet approval.

He joined Joanne Joseph on the Afternoon Drive to share more on the committee and the GBV bills.

The functioning of the committee, it's aimed to coordinate all the information that relates to Covid-19 procurement in all government departments and across the country - including all state agencies and municipalities, any institution that was involved in any procurement of Covid-19. That information will be coordinated and be put in a kind of central data....all these entities will also be required to publish that information.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Speaking on the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Bill, Lamola says it seeks to expand the scope of the national register for sex offenders (NRSO) to include the details of all sex offenders.

The bill seeks to expand the scope of the national register for sex offenders to include the particulars of all sex offenders and not only offenders against children and persons who are mentally disabled as is the position now.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

The bill further extends periods for which a sex offender's particulars must remain on the NRSO before they can be removed from the register.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

With regard to public access, the bill further requires the registrar of the NRSO to make certain information of persons who have been convicted of sexual offences publicly available.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Speaking on the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill, Lamola says it proposes an online application for protection orders.

The bill enables that electronic platforms can be used for the application of domestic violence. It also extends the definition of domestic violence to include the protection of older persons against the abuse experienced from family members and loved ones.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

The bill creates a legal duty on any person to report domestic violence and also criminalises any failure to do so.

Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

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