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Deputy Minister Jeffery to brief the media on the outcomes of the National Forum on the Implementation of the Sexual Offences Act

02 November 2017

The prevalence of sexual offences in South Africa is unacceptably high. Sexual offences are blight on South African society, robbing victims of their rights to freedom and human dignity. With the Sexual Offences Act having been in operation for a decade now, it is an opportune time to establish whether the Act is working or where there are shortcomings in implementation.

For this reason, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and the National Prosecuting Authority conducted a two-day National Forum on the implementation of the Act at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on 30 and 31 October 2017. The event was attended by civil society bodies, researchers and participating government departments from across the criminal justice chain. A set of proposals flowing from the National Forum has been formulated for actual implementation. The Deputy Minister will brief the media on these proposals and the way forward.

Media is invited as follows:              
Date               :           Monday, 6 November 2017
Times             :           10h30
Venue            :           Tshedimosetso House, 1035 Francis Baard Street- Pretoria

NB:  Kindly note that there will be audio-visual link to Parliament’s Imbizo Centre.

For media confirmations contact: Ms Suzan Mphuthi on 083 672 5805/ or Mr Victor Mateane Phala on 082 465 2469

Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Enquiries: Mthunzi Mhaga
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services