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Law to harshly deal with sex offenders

The Justice Minister says dedicated sex crime courts will bring more offenders to book.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Jeff Radebe on Friday said the law will deal harshly with anyone convicted of violence against women and children.

Speaking at the opening of the Tsakane Magistrates Court in Springs in the East Rand, Radebe promised government's decision to re-establish dedicated courts to deal with crimes of sexual violence will help bring more criminals to book.

The Minister said he was alarmed by the rate at which these crimes were being reported.

He called on citizens to help the justice cluster to put an end to the scourge.

"The cluster is taking a harsh and uncompromising stand against the heinous crimes of rape and violence against women and children."

Meanwhile, Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said he was encouraged by the growing number of women who are reporting acts of violence committed against them.

A total of 56,000 cases of domestic violence were recorded in the country last year.

During the last three months more than 3000 protection orders were issued in the Western Cape and just over 2000 arrests were made.

Lamoer said they are doing what they can to tackle the problem.

"What we experienced with the increase in stats is the fact that there is better compliance by the police to deal with the issues and communities are having more confidence in coming forward to report these issues."

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