Fear that release of sexual offenders list could spark mob justice

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Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato

Cape Town – NGOs working with women and children have issued a dire warning that the release of the sexual offenders register could lead to mob justice, attacks and lawlessness.This after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced last Thursday that he intends to motivate Parliament to make public the national register for sex offenders.

Bernadine Bachar, director of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children, said: “I certainly believe that it has the potential to lead to mob justice that could impact negatively not only on offenders themselves, but also innocent family members and associates.” She said the only solutions to the scourge of violence against women and children were proper policies and harsher laws.

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