Locking up Rapist would not solve the basic problem of GBV- retired Judge Cameron

Retired Constitutional Court judge, Edwin Cameron said that taking rapists and men guilty of gender-based violence to jail wouldn't solve the underlying problem of the violence against women and youngsters .

He said the legal process is an important a part of teaching men that ladies aren't objects, and will not be violated but, it's not enough.

He said this while speaking during a webinar hosted by the University of Johannesburg on Thursday afternoon, titled “Reflections of a retired judge on transformative Constitutionalism”,

“I can say this with complete assurance, the length of sentence has no impact. It’s the knowledge of prosecution, the knowledge of arraignment and therefore the certainty of sentencing, not how long,” he said.

Cameron provided an answer that “we’ve need to set the instance at community level about how women need to be respected, honoured, valued and not trampled upon.”

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“It may be a long process during which the law features a role, but during which wrong sentences and discard keys has no constructive role.”

As a results of the increase in violence against women and youngsters , President Cyril Ramaphosa in September 2019 announced a five-point emergency decide to put a halt to gender-based violence during a joint sitting of Parliament.

They are prevention, strengthening the criminal justice system, enhancing the legal and policy framework, ensuring adequate care, support and healing for victims of violence, and strengthening the economic power of girls .