News: Harsher punishments for criminals

News: Harsher punishments for criminals

Cabinet approved the submission of the three gender-based violence bills which aim to address a number of issues in the criminal justice system.

The bills include:

  • The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Bill;
  • The National Register for Sexual Offences
  • The Domestic Violence Amendment Bill
  • The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Bill of 2020 will tighten bail conditions for perpetrators of sexual offences.

Amendments

  • Warrants of arrest will no longer be a requirement prior to law-enforcement agencies responding to reported sexual crimes.
  • Parole conditions will be strengthened and minimum sentences increased, while the amendments also aim to strengthen the consequences of contravening a protection order.

Sex offenders 

  • The bill also amends the National Register for Sex Offenders by broadening its scope from only children and mentally disabled persons and extends it to protect all vulnerable groups.
  • Persons who are in this register are compelled to disclose this information when they submit applications to work with these groups.

Protection Orders

  • The Domestic Violence Amendment Bill facilitates the obtaining of protection orders against acts of domestic violence via electronic means.
  • It also obliges the Department of Social Development and Department of Health to provide certain services to victims of domestic violence.

 


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