Sexual Offences Courts may be reopened

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe is looking into the costs needed to reopen the Sexual Offences Courts.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe is looking into the costs needed to reopen the Sexual Offences Courts.

CAPE TOWN - The Justice Department on Tuesday said a task team is looking at what resources will be needed to reopen the Sexual Offences Courts.

In December 2012, the team made the recommendation that the specialised courts be reopened.

In the wake of recent high-profile rape and murder cases, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has now asked them to find out about the costs.

At the same time, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says the problem of rape needs to be addressed in a manner which involves the whole of society.

He says families need to play a leading role.

"These crimes are difficult for police because our research keeps on pointing to the fact that these crimes happen amongst acquaintances. It is not mainly strangers - it is people you know."

At the same time, it appears Ge-Audrey Green, who was found raped and murdered in Kraaifontein this weekend, knew her attacker.

Her family said a prison sentence is not harsh enough for rapists.

On Monday, 21-year-old Carlton Douw appeared in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court in connection with the crime.

The victim's family said they never thought that one of their loved ones would suffer like Anene Booysen did.

Green's decomposed body was found a few houses away from where she lived.

Family members said they do not know what the motive for the killing was, as the 19-year-old and the suspect had been friends since childhood.

Green's aunt, Renee, says even though the victim had a drug problem, they are trying to remember the good things she did.

She says they are hurt and disappointed that someone they trusted could have done this.

Green's funeral will take place at the Methodist Church in Scottsville on Saturday.