Bring back sexual offences courts says advocacy group

Allison Tilley, head of advocacy and special projects at the Open Democracy Advice Centre, talks to Rebecca Davis, standing in for John Maytham, about the importance of bringing back specialised sexual offences courts to deal with rape cases.

If you have a specialised sexual offences court, which they are starting to look at now, you have a separate waiting room for the survivor, for the survivor's family and for witnesses who are going to testify for the survivor. Because you don't want to be facing those people supporting the accused.

Allison Tilley, head of advocacy and special projects at the Open Democracy Advice Centre

Tilley says it is not uncommon for rape survivors to have to deal with the people supporting the alleged rapist. She says at the time of Jacob Zuma's rape trial, people thought it was "strange and unusual" to see such support for the accused, but she says it is not out of the ordinary.

It is fairly common for an accused to have vocal and prominent support in both the court room and out in the community.

she says it is useful to look back at what happened in past cases and learn what could be done differently.

History is never over.

Allison Tilley, head of advocacy and special projects at the Open Democracy Advice Centre

Tilley says the establishment of these sexual offences courts need specialised personnel, structures and support.

You need prosecutors, magistrates that know what they are doing and understand post traumatic stress disorder, and who can deal with intermediaries when there are kids involved.

Allison Tilley, head of advocacy and special projects at the Open Democracy Advice Centre

She says there are 276 courts in South Africa which deal with sexual offences matters, of which about 43 specialise in sexual offences cases.

The implementation of these courts requires cross departmental co-operation, and there is a model in place that can be followed. She says legislation is required to get things going. But she says, with the right impetus, these courts could come into effect within the next ten years.

Listen to the interview below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Attorney told to testify before Sars inquiry or face criminal prosecution

Attorney told to testify before Sars inquiry or face criminal prosecution

Attorney David Maphakela was summonsed to give evidence on Monday but refused.

DA: Whether you are from Switzerland or Swaziland, you must be documented in SA

DA: Whether you are from Switzerland or Swaziland, you must be documented in SA

The DA defends its immigration plans saying no country can afford not to secure its borders.

CT council to decide on charging De Lille following new forensic report

CT council to decide on charging De Lille following new forensic report

The Bowman Gilfillan report, yet to be made public, found that De Lille allegedly failed to report tender corruption to council.

Will Cape Town stadium be the official home for Western Province Rugby?

Will Cape Town stadium be the official home for Western Province Rugby?

Facilities Management at City of Cape Town Stuart Diamond explains why they are welcoming the move of WCR to Cape Town stadium.

Mokonyane to accelerate digital migration, announces July 2020 as deadline

Mokonyane to accelerate digital migration, announces July 2020 as deadline

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane announced plans to migrate to broadcast digital terrestrial TV at a media briefing held in Pretoria.

Try out the Riverine Rabbit restaurant in Cape Town for mouth watering food

Try out the Riverine Rabbit restaurant in Cape Town for mouth watering food

Head Chef and Owner at Riverine Rabbit Ash Heeger explains why she rebranded the popularly known Ash restaurant.

Popular articles
'I’ve never invested in the stock exchange. I know it too well'

'I’ve never invested in the stock exchange. I know it too well'

Bruce Whitfield interviews Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti (UP) about his attitude toward money (hopes, fears, successes, failures, etc.).

[LISTEN] Painting worth MILLIONS missing from Magashule's old office

[LISTEN] Painting worth MILLIONS missing from Magashule's old office

Investigative journalist, Pieter-Louis Myburgh says the artwork, owned by the Free State government, is worth between R6m and R8m.

CT council to decide on charging De Lille following new forensic report

CT council to decide on charging De Lille following new forensic report

The Bowman Gilfillan report, yet to be made public, found that De Lille allegedly failed to report tender corruption to council.

Judge in Omotoso case dismisses defence application to recuse himself

Judge in Omotoso case dismisses defence application to recuse himself

Judge Mandela Makaula has dismissed the defence application saying it has no merit.

Lebelo's lawyer refuses to give evidence at Nugent Commission

Lebelo's lawyer refuses to give evidence at Nugent Commission

EWN Reporter Barry Bateman gives the latest on what is happening at the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into Sars.