Action Society and Dear South Africa (DearSA) have joined forces to encourage participation in the amendment process of legislation regarding gender-based violence (GBV). South Africans have until 9 October to submit their comments and support online regarding these life-changing proposals.
“To facilitate the participation process, we decided on this partnership. This is an important opportunity where you as an individual can make a difference in the history of South Africa. We therefore want to motivate the public to take part in the simple process,” says Daleen Gouws, spokesperson for Action Society.
Under the current South African laws, government grants the public an opportunity to provide an influencing comment on all policy and legislative amendments before implementation.
“We encourage all South Africans to help shape these draft amendments before they are signed into law. You can do so by having your say at www.dearsouthafrica.co.za/gbv/,” says Rob Hutchinson, managing director of DearSA.
Earlier this month Action Society welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that three key bills will be amended to tackle SA’s GBV and other violent crimes against women and children. These foreseeable adjustments promises that the names of all rapists will be included on the National Register of Sex Offenders (NRSO), that this register will be made publicly available and that offenders’ names will be kept on the database for a longer period.
“This matter is very close to our hearts. For some time now these objectives have been our main focus. To us this is a blink of light at the end of a dark tunnel. We hope that the successful implementation and enforcement of these proposals will have a positive effect to curb SA’s sex crime stats” says Gouws.
For far too long now perpetrators have preyed on the vulnerable women and children. Action Society calls on all South African to be a voice for the voiceless by submitting their comments digitally on Dear SA’s website.
ISSUED BY: Action Society
DATE: 24 September 2020
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