Sex offenders' register in the offing

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Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence and Security, Dimpho Mogami says the ministry is entrusted with responsibility to initiate the process of drafting sexual predators and offenders's registry. It also bans sexual abuse offenders from working in institutions dealing with children bill.

Speaking at the ongoing 14th Meeting of the third Ntlo-Ya-Dikgosi yesterday, Mogami said government has realized that to facilitate the creation of a Sex Offenders Registry, there should be a law that regulates administration of the proposed register also details the protection of children and other vulnerable persons. That should be against sexual abuse and violation; including by those they trust or their care has been entrusted. 

“This is a matter of national importance and urgency because of the staggering statistics that reflect high numbers of rape, pedophilia and similar sexual violence .  These happen among children, particularly young girls without necessary excluding boys. The escalating rate at which the sexual abuse occur to children calls for urgent intervention through legislation to move toward establishing a Sex Offenders Registry,” she emphasized.

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