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Justice Department to launch Sexual Offences Court in Durban

24 November 2015

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development will officially launch a Sexual Offences Court at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 25 November 2015.

The launch is in line with the department’s efforts to promote a justice system that is victim-friendly, efficient and sensitive to the needs of victims.  
Sexual Offences Courts provide specialised victim-support services that are intended to improve the effectiveness of witnesses in court and reduce turnaround time in the finalisation of sexual offences matters.

This court is one of the 57 that have been upgraded to provide sufficient support to victims of sexual crimes. Since August 2013, the department has upgraded a total of 41 Sexual Offences Court countrywide.

The opening of this court is part of the series of activities that would be undertaken by the Department as part of the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children Abuse campaign.

Members of the media are invited to the event as follows:
Date:        25 November 2015
Time:       10:00
Venue:     Durban Magistrate Court (Corner Somtseu Road and Stalwart Simelane street

For media confirmations contact: Solomon Mahlangu on 082 500 4257/ SoMahlangu@justice.gov.za              

Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development  

Enquiries: Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga
Spokesperson for the for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional services
083 641 8141 / Mediaenquiries@justice.gov.za