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Have your say on domestic violence regulations

Deputy Justice and Constitutional Development Minister John Jeffery says the domestic violence bill is critical to strengthening the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide.

On Wednesday, he spoke at a webinar about the draft regulation.

The regulations follow President Cyril Ramaphosa signing into law the Criminal Law (Sexual Offenses and Related Matters) Amendment Bill, the Criminal and Related Matters Bill and the Domestic Violence Bill into law in January this year.

“The new decree drafts are needed in order for the legal changes to gain practical effect. We would like to encourage stakeholders and all members of the public to provide their views so that we can ensure that we have regulations that have a meaningful impact on preventing and tackling GBV and femicide.

“All the operational aspects set out in the laws must be in place before the laws can be put into effect. That is why it is crucial to have the regulations in place and give stakeholders and the public an opportunity to have their say on the drafts,” he said.

The regulations contain a number of guidelines, including the delivery of domestic violence safety monitoring notices and the creation of an online portal to allow victims and survivors of GBV to apply for protection orders against perpetrators.

Some of the regulations are based on existing regulations.

“Many of the regulations are not necessarily new, but it is important to highlight that additional insertions have been added to strengthen the provisions. For example, the 11th Decree dealing with the issuance of the temporary protection decision is not a new provision, but additional additions have been made to the method of delivering the documents to the defendant,” said the deputy minister.

Jeffery highlighted the importance of a victim-centred approach in the fight against GBV and femicide.

“We need to make the process as user-friendly as possible to avoid further trauma for complainants and ensure they get the support and services they need,” Jeffery said.

Comments on the draft decree can be sent to Mr. M. Mokulubete no later than 10 a.m. on Monday, July 11, in the following ways:

  • Comments sent by post can be sent to the following address: – Directorate-General for Justice and Constitutional Development, Private Bag X81, Pretoria, 0001
  • If delivered by hand, comments can be delivered to SALU Building, Room 23.22, 316 Thabo Sehume Street, Pretoria.
  • Comments submitted by e-mail can be sent to MMokulubete@justice.gov.za
  • Comments can be sent by fax to 086 519 8972.

For more information contact Mr Mokulubete on 012 406 4755.

The draft decree is available on the website of the Ministry of Justice at https://www.justice.gov.za/legislation/invitations/invites.htm. – SAnews.gov.za

Have your say on domestic violence regulations

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