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'System' fails crime victims

By unknown | Jul 31, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The South African Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights, its staff and inmates at large, are appalled and disturbed by the recent heinous crimes by members of society on helpless children, and would like to categorically condemn this in the strongest possible terms.

Although Sapohr advocates for prisoners' rights, we feel the latest crimes against our most vulnerable members, women and children, leave much to be desired.

The decision by the magistrate to give a lenient sentence to a father, who constantly sexually abused his child, further illustrates failure of our justice system to cater for victims' concern and makes a mockery of our criminal justice system.

The sentence illustrates the history of rights being shown only to perpetrators of crime, yet victims' rights are a most important ingredient in building people's confidence and thereby legitimising the law which will help sustain our constitution through troubled times.

Today, we can be proud that our democracy is lauded as the best in the world, yet victims' rights have not been catered for.

Crime victims and their families are not active participants in the criminal justice system.

Golden Miles Bhudu, President: SAPOHR, Johannesburg


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