'Sexual offences courts to be re-opened'

The Justice Ministry says courts that will hear sexual offences cases may start operating before June.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe is expected to announce when exactly courts that will hear sexual offences cases will start operating again. Picture:SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Minister of Justice Andries Nel on Friday said courts that will hear sexual offences cases will start operating again before June.

Nel was attending Lead SA's Stop Rape campaign at Sandown High School in northern Johannesburg.

President Jacob Zuma, other government officials and millions of pupils across the country yesterday took a pledge to reject sexual violence.

The gang-rape and murder of Western Cape teenager Anene Booysen in February led to outrage countrywide.

A call was made for the extra courts to be reopened to deal with the crisis in South Africa; a country which Interpol says is the world's rape capital.

Nel said Justice Minister Jeff Radebe would make the announcement about when courts would be reopened.

"There are approximately 58 courts that we believe would be ready in the very, very near future top to activated.

"The minister will be making more detailed announcements [soon]."

Booysen (17) was raped, mutilated and left for dead at a construction site in Bredasdorp.

Two men are being accused of her rape and death.