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Fear that release of sexual offenders list could spark mob justice | Cape Argus

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10.9.2019

Fear that release of sexual offenders list could spark mob justice TheCapeArgus

NGOs working with women and children have issued a dire warning that the release of the sexual offenders register could lead to mob justice.

Last week, a 42-year-old post office employee made a brief appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court in connection with 19-year-old UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana's death.

“We need to be very careful when trying to implement something like this because when it comes to investigations into sexual violence, people who shouldn't be on the list are registered. And seeing what is happening in South Africa at the present time, we need a proper plan of action for the government to say what they will do to protect women and children,” he said.

Teddy Bear Foundation director Shaheda Omar said: “This is certainly positive because the public would certainly be more informed in ensuring protection from these people.”

Chrispin Phiri, spokesperson for the Department of Justice, said they are concerned that releasing the list could ignite mob justice.

Phiri said there are legislative processes in place and if Parliament approves the releasing it could be sooner rather than later.

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