Department ‘has delivered’ on promise of more sexual offences courts
There are currently 43 sexual offences courts across the country, while a total of 57 are needed.
CAPE TOWN - The Justice Department says it's delivered on its promise to establish more sexual offences courts in a bid to address the scourge of rape in South Africa.
There are currently 43 sexual offences courts across the country.
A total of 57 are needed.
The department promised to increase the number of these courts following the brutal rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen exactly three years ago.
The department's Mthunzi Mhaga says, "The conviction rate the last time we checked was about 63 percent, which is commendable."
Today marks exactly three years since the 17-year-old was raped and murdered by Johannes Kana.
Since then, an estimated R3 million has been spent on addressing Bredasdorp's social ills including violence, alcohol abuse and unemployment.
In a bid to deal with these issues, the town now boasts a dedicated social development office which was launched in 2014.
A multimillion-rand skills development centre has also been built and dedicated to Booysen.
Community police forum and neighbourhood watch members assist police in conducting daily patrols in the Overberg town.
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