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Gender commission failing its duties - report

The Commission for Gender Equality is not doing its work properly, according to a report.

The Commission for Gender Equality is not doing its work properly, according to a report.

CAPE TOWN - A new report shows the Commission for Gender Equality has not done what it is set out to do.

The preliminary findings, which were discussed at a public dialogue session on Thursday, indicate the commission failed to recognise the need for, among others, hate crime legislation.

Lesbians are often victims of hate crimes, especially in townships.

It also revealed little was done to address sexual violence in prisons.

The newly appointed commissioners stepped into office 100 days ago and their work was monitored since then.

Researcher Cherith Sanger says they are concerned that not enough is being done around the Sexual Offences Act.

"For most part the Sexual Offences Act is good but there are also some provisions that are seriously problematic. We do know that the implementation of the Sexual Offences Act is currently an issue. The commission should be addressing these issues."

On Wednesday, the Justice Ministry said it would not be pressured into implementing the Specialised Sexual Offences Courts.