Bills on gender-based violence, to solve problems in the criminal justice system, are sent to Parliament

Ramaphosa in critical lockdown discussion

Three bills, supporting the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa, have been passed in Parliament after Cabinet approval.

Justice and Corrections Minister Ronald Lamola said Cabinet approved the submission to Parliament of the Criminal Law Amendment Bill (Sexual Offenses and Related Matters) of 2020; and the Domestic Violence Amendment Bill.


Lamola said that in this Women’s Month they are confirmed by Cabinet approval on the submission of the three GBVF bills that aim to address a number of issues in the criminal justice system.

“The following bill amendments provide a victim-centered response in the criminal justice system with respect to gender-based violence. These bills respond to a number of questions raised during the Presidential Summit against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide held in 2018, ”he said.

The amendments bring a victim-centered response to the criminal justice system with respect to sexual offenses. It tightens bail conditions for perpetrators of sexual offenses. Arrest warrants will also no longer be a requirement before law enforcement agencies respond to reported sex crimes under Bill to Amend Criminal and Related Matters Bill.

The updated list of 106 regional courts that have been transformed into sexual offenses courts is available here.

“A sexual offenses court is a regional court which deals exclusively with cases of sexual offenses. The transformation of courts into courts for sexual offenses is underway and one of the main priorities of the department, ”said Lamola.

Lamola quoted Helen Suzman as saying; “I am for simple justice, equal opportunities and human rights. The essentials in a democratic society – and for which it is worth fighting for.


Ramaphosa on Friday August 14 will participate in a virtual national men’s dialogue to end gender-based violence and femicide. The National Men’s Dialogue is an initiative of the African National Congress (ANC) which works with civil society.

The dialogue will be held under the theme; “Men as partners: the equality of generations”.

The ANC said it is making a clear call for all men to be part of a generation that will achieve gender equality and end gender-based violence.


Police Minister Bheki Cele will also present on Friday August 14, 2020 the quarterly crime statistics reflecting crimes that occurred from April 1 to the end of June 2020.

These statistics will show crime levels during the time the country was placed under lockdown levels 5, 4 and 3 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crime statistics will most likely report on incidents of gender-based violence that have occurred throughout the lockdown. The month of June was marked by numerous cases of GBV. Tshegofatso Pule, 28, was found in Roodeport hanging from a tree with stab wounds to the chest. She was eight months pregnant at the time of her death.

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