Magistrate Court dedicated to sexual offences opened in JHB

President Cyril Ramaphosa cuts the ribbon with Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha and Gauteng Province Acting Premier Panyaza Lesufi [image: Presidency ZA]

President Cyril Ramaphosa cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the Booysens Sexual Offences Court in Oakdene, Johannesburg, on Thursday.

The court will serve the role of dealing with the court roll’s backlog, specifically cases pertaining to gender-based violence, femicide and violence against children.

The President also signed the Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) Declaration at the new Magistrate Court. The declaration is a framework of the necessary procedures to consider in bringing about the end of GBV in South Africa.

This comes after the government, civil societies and sundry hosted the National GBVF Summit last November. President Ramaphosa said the new court and launch of the declaration was in response to the grievances of the nation in this matter.

” In opening this new Sexual Offences Court we are affirming the rights of the women and the girls of our country to be treated by the criminal justice system with dignity, with understanding, with compassion,” said President Ramaphosa.

The signing was attended by members of various civil societies.