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Women judges meet to tackle abuse

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng opened the conference on Friday amid rising abuse statistics in SA.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng opened the conference on Friday amid rising abuse statistics in SA.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African leg of the International Association of Women Judges is holding a three day conference to address violence against women and children in the country.

On Friday, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was the first speaker, telling judges that South Africa's escalating statistics of this crime must come to a halt.

Advocate of the KwaZulu-Natal High Court Devina Perumal is expected to speak on Saturday.

Perumal has suggested the South African Police Force needs to step up to fight abuse.

"We have to strengthen our police services [and] investigations need to be done properly so we can bring more cases to the courts."

At the same time, Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says Women's Day is about celebrating all women who fought tirelessly for a brighter future.

In commemorating the day, Ndebele paid a visit to the Kroonstad Women's Prison where females are being trained in various skills which will help them after being released.

This is the same prison where a number of women who fought against aparthied were captured.

Ndebele says even though they are behind bars, they still have a great future ahead of them.

"As correctional services we've got a chance to say we're achieving the goal of equity in terms of women in senior positions in the correctional centres which were not heard of before."