Ramaphosa opens new magistrate's court in Johannesburg
President Cyril Ramaphosa together with acting Gauteng premier and basic education MEC Panyaza Lesufi officially opened the newly built “state-of-the-art” Booysens magistrate’s court in Oakdene, Johannesburg, on Thursday.
The court offers a range of services and is equipped with a fully fledged sexual offences court.
It is also equipped to support victims of gender-based violence and femicide with children-friendly consulting rooms.
The building has 10 courtrooms that offer sexual offences, family law, small claims, civil and criminal court services.
The court is expected to play a key role in alleviating the demand for services at the Johannesburg magistrate's court.
The president started the day by taking a tour around the court and inspected the privately located consulting room for violated women and children.
Ramaphosa was also taken to the sexual offences court where court proceedings involving a minor were demonstrated for him.
Ramaphosa also signed a Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) Declaration with civil society organisations' representatives.
The declaration comes after the National Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Summit held in November last year in an effort to find solutions to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide.
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