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Former minister refutes claims on specialised courts

Brigitte Mabandla says there was no discrimination against the allocation of sexual offences courts.

A judge's gavel. Picture: RSC Inc.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla has refuted claims her department prioritised one crime over the other in relation to specialised courts while she was at the helm.

Speaking on the Redi Tlhabi Show on Talk Radio 702 earlier, Mabandla said the moratorium on the allocation of specialised courts for sexual offences was informed by budget constraints.

She says some of the specialised courts were not optimally used as part of the magisterial court system and they had to restructure the system.

Mabandla says there was no discrimination against the allocation of the sexual offences courts.

"We never spoke about discrimination. The truth about the matter is that it was at a time when the department was considering reports around just restructuring of courts."