South Africa seeks to curb gender-based violence

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South Africa’s government has introduced three bills in Parliament to curb gender-based violence. President Cyril Ramaphosa has termed them as the “most far-reaching legislative overhaul in the fight against gender-based violence and femicide”.

The proposed changes seek to among other things create a new offense of sexual intimidation, allow for names of sex offenders to be publicly available, and tighten the granting of bail to perpetrators of violence against women. They also impose new obligations on police officers, prosecutors, and courts in handling cases.
The amendments are a follow up on the president’s promise last year to change laws on domestic abuse. In his weekly newsletter on Monday, Mr Ramaphosa said the Bills will “restore the confidence of our country’s women that the law is indeed there to protect them”.

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