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No decision on sexual offences courts

The Department of Justice on Wednesday said it is still looking into the matter.

The Justice Department is still looking into the matter of re-introducing specialised sexual offences courts.

CAPE TOWN - The Justice Ministry says it will not be hurried into finalising a decision on when specialised sexual offences courts will be reintroduced.

In 2012, a pilot project saw several such courts being set up again in some parts of the country.

They were shut down between 2007 and 2008, due to a lack of satisfactory funding.

The ministry says there is no doubt that specialised sexual offences courts must be reinstituted.

The department's Mthunzi Mhaga says a second report set up to look into the viability of the courts has now been completed.

"At this stage, we are in the process of looking at the number of courts that will be converted into specialised sexual offences courts and also looking at the issue of the budgetary constraints."

However, Mhaga would not give time frames saying issues such as adequately resourcing the facilities are still being discussed.

South Africa has one of the highest rates of rape cases in the world.

On Sunday, an 82-year-old woman was raped at her home in the Eastern Cape.

The 42-year-old suspect was arrested after falling asleep on her victim's bed.