June 18, 2015 /
The Rapid Response Task Team continues to work tirelessly to guarantee that victims of gender-orientation based violations are successfully able to access the justice system. Through coordination, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ & CD), the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR), the South African Police Services (SAPS) the
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will work in collaboration with civil society organizations. It is the aim of the Task Team to improve methods and mechanisms that will result in swift yet thorough conclusions to cases that are brought forward. The Task Team is committed to ensuring that all victims are served and assisted. In addition, as the Task Team becomes more solidified so too will the procedures related to the processing of cases from the moment of initial reporting. Furthermore, the Task Team pledges to uphold the human rights and dignity of the victims by creating stronger links with CSOs and fostering relations for the benefit of those seeking justice. The support and advice that CSOs could provide the victims with is invaluable; added to that, the expertise that these organizations are equipped with certainly complement the efforts of the Task Team. Although challenges are certainly expected, our unwavering determination to have a significant and positive impact on the lives of the victims can be relied upon.
The following are cases that have successfully resulted in convictions: