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Justice minister says new laws will be tabled to clamp down on GBV

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Bills that will strengthen the fight against gender-based violence are currently before Cabinet before they are sent to Parliament for processing and adoption, says minister.

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola. File picture: ANA / Phando Jikelo

THE MINISTER of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, says they will soon be tabling bills in Parliament to clamp down on gender-based violence (GBV). 

Lamola, who was answering oral questions in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday, also told MPs that they have been putting in place stringent measures to prevent the release of people on parole who have been convicted of GBV following the announcement by the president on the special dispensation a few weeks ago.

The government had identified 19 000 prisoners to get early parole to free up space in prisons due to Covid-19.

But Lamola said they have put measures in place to prevent any errors in the release of people found guilty and sentenced for GBV.

The country has over the last few months seen an increase in GBV cases prompting the government to act against this.

Lamola said part of the work they were doing was to process bills that will strengthen the fight against GBV.

He said the bills were currently before Cabinet before they are sent to Parliament for processing and adoption.

“There are bills before Cabinet. Before Cabinet releases bills there are processes of consultation which we have taken with society,” said Lamola.

After Cabinet has endorsed the bills they will be sent to Parliament.