“The Sexual Offences Act requires the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to establish intervention mechanisms in the justice system aimed at responding to and preventing sexual violence in our communities. It is the collective legislative role of DoJ&CD to ensure that the protective provisions of the Act come to life every woman, child, older person, person with disabilities, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) person everywhere in the country. Through justice intervention means, our courts should be providing an environment defined by victim- support services that seek to eradicate secondary victimization. Our court services is sought to be designed to make the law more accessible and effective to all victims of sexual violence as they engage with the court system.”
The report presents the initiatives undertaken by the Department in the effective implementation of the Act. It further outlines achievements and challenges experienced.
It is the third report that will be tabled in Parliament in terms of section 65(3) of the Act, and it covers the period 01 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.
Download the Report (Adobe pdf format)