Action Society

Feb 2021

IOL: Civil society groups slam Cele over denial of rape kits shortage

Cape Town – Civil society organisations have lambasted Police Minister Bheki Cele for his denial that there was a shortage of evidence collection kits, also known as “rape kits”, at police stations last year. Read more: https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/civil-society-groups-slam-cele-over-denial-of-rape-kits-shortage-6374ecb7-f14d-40a3-b26d-5c940d777701

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IOL: Concern over DNA testing backlog at police lab

Cape Town – The Department of Community Safety said it was concerned over the backlogs in the processing of DNA by the police’s forensic science laboratory and the pressure this places on service delivery, particularly in resolving rape cases. Read more: https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/concern-over-dna-testing-backlog-at-police-lab-aaef12b8-c29b-48dc-846a-33a83eca99a3

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Action Society welcomes GBVF Response Fund

Action Society welcomes the private sector-led, multi-sectoral Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) Response Fund government launched yesterday. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa it is aimed at supporting the implementation of the National Strategic Plan (NSP), and the wider GBVF response in the country. “On government’s side this is a giant

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Acton Society applauses repeal of 20-year time limit on sex crimes

Action Society welcomes the announcement that President Cyril Ramaphosa on 20 December 2020 signed the Prescription in Civil and Criminal Matters (or Sexual Offences) Bill. The revised sexual offences bill lifts the prescription that after a 20-year time limit a victim cannot institute a civil claim or a criminal prosecution.

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