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Established in 2013, South Africas unique Sexual Offences courts fast track cases involving sexual violence against women and children and are equipped to reduce secondary trauma to victims. The courts provide support especially for child victims.
Transferring staff and administrative functions attached to South Africa's superior courts to the Office of the Chief Justice is a move aimed at enhancing the judiciary's institutional independence, Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced this week.
With court cases in the Eastern Cape now heard in isiXhosa, accommodating indigenous language-speaking South Africans in court is expected to speed up the wheels of justice and administration.