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.
President @CyrilRamaphosa will deliver the keynote address at the Presidential launch of the Gender-Based Violence & Femicide (GBVF) Declaration, following the National Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Summit which was held in November 2018. #GBVSummit #GBVFDeclaration pic.twitter.com/JNRAdr7dX4
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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.
President Cyril Ramaphosa signs the Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) Declaration at the new Booysens Magistrate’s Court in Oakdene, Johannesburg today. The declaration outlines a plan of action to end GBV in South Africa. #GBVFDeclaration pic.twitter.com/4CoiH2gMAB
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