TAKING VICTIMS RIGHTS FORWARD 2012 – 2017
01 – 03 February 2012
St. Georges Conference Centre, Pretoria
On 6 December 2007, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (hereafter abbreviated as DOJ &CD) , together with government departments within the Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster launched the Service Charter for Victims of Crime, 2004 (which is also known as the Victims Charter) together with a National Five Year Implementation Plan 2007 – 2011.
The National Five Year Implementation Plan 2007 – 2011 on the Victims Charter (hereafter abbreviated as the NIP) was an important milestone in the work of an inter-departmental committee on the Victims Charter. The NIP reflected departments collective effort to ‘give life to the Victims Charter’.
As part of the work of the DOJ &CD for 2011-2012, a review of the NIP is to be undertaken during a national conference. The outcome of the conference is to present issues for consideration in terms of future implementation.
The review is undertaken within the current government programme on crime. The Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (hereafter abbreviated as JCPS), specifically outcome 3 (All people in South Africa are and feel safe) informs the overall theme that is injected into the approach and methodology. One of the key indicators under outcome 3 that is relevant to the review is the Crime Victims Survey. The Survey will present findings on victims experiences of the criminal justice and in this regard, the review will focus on structural and programme implementation of the Victims Charter.Tweet
Details of the conference are presented below.
Conference Aim and objectives
The overall aim of the conference is to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to share their experiences and reflections on government’s implementation of the NIP and specifically projects that advance the Victims Charter. Specific objectives are to;
- Present an overview of the Victims Charter, Victim Empowerment Programme and the NIP
- Receive reports from stakeholders on implementation of the NIP and projects on the Victims Charter
- Discuss proposals for future planning and strategic engagement on programmes on the Victims Charter
The conference will target stakeholders involved in victims of crime rights and issues. Included in this broad category are; NGOs and CBOs working with victims of crime, provincial and local governments and different statutory institutions and community stakeholders.
Duration of conference and venue
The conference is planned for three (3) days. Dates are 1 – 3 February 2012.
The conference venue is St George Hotel and Conference Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng.
The following stakeholders will participate in the conference;
a.) Internal Stakeholder: DOJ & CD including its Regions (provincial) divisions
b.) External Stakeholders
- National Departments within the Criminal Justice system (CJS)
- CJS Provincial Departments
- Chapter Nine Institutions: the Commission on Gender Equality, the South African Human Rights Commission and the Public Protector, and
- Non-Governmental and Community Based Organizations working with victims of crime, gender based violence and human rights issues
It is anticipated that the Conference will generate proposals on a new National Implementation on the Victims Charter. In addition, proposals will be generated on how to support the development of provincial implementation and the role of stakeholders in monitoring implementation.
A final conference report will be made available on the web site.
Conference Papers and Presentations
All papers/presentations are in PDF format
Day One: 1 Feb 2012
- Summary: National Implementation Plan, Service Charter for Victims of Crime 2007 – 2011 [375kb]
- Departmental officials experiences on the implementation of the Victims’ Charter - Commission for Gender Equality [223kb]
- DSD Victim’s Charter NIP, Ms Tsholo Moloi [718kb]
PARALLEL SESSIONS: DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE
SEXUAL VIOLENCE SESSION
- Review of sexual offences programs’ five year implementation of Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007, S Mosupye DOJ [436kb]
- ‘On Becoming a Victim’: Power, gender and sexuality in the production of victims of South African female sex abuse - Doctoral thesis proposal - Sherianne Kramer [496kb]
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SESSION
- Community of the people victim support (CPVS), Martha Chauke [375kb]
- Report on the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998; and recommendations emanating from the DV Act micro study [242kb]
DAY 1: SUMMARY [317kb]
Day Two: 2 Feb 2012
- National Five Year Implementation Plan 2007 – 2011, Progress Report: Focus on NGO Court Framework [179kb]
- Presentation by the NPA, Adv Vuyo Mhlanga/ Ms Karen Tewson [181kb]
- Evaluation of the Five Year National Implementation Plan on Victim’s Charter DCS [211kb]
PROVINCIAL CASE STUDIES
- “Best Practice Model”, The implementation of the service charter for victims of crime the North West: DoJ&CD [77kb]
- Implementation of services to victims of crime, Directorate: Legal Admin-KZN [2.78mb]
- Impediments to the effective implementation of the Victims’ Charter, Observations from Rural Limpopo, Fiona Nicholson [457kb]
- Presentation by the Foundation for Victims of Crime, Lunga Mazibuko [213kb]
DAY 2: SUMMARY [409kb]
Day Three: 3 Feb 2012
- DPME’S focus areas and their implications, The Presidency [743kb]
- Performance monitoring and evaluation in the Presidency [693kb]
- Best Practices in Complaints Management, SAHRC, Eric Mokonyama [315kb]
- The Bigger Picture: What the National Victims of Crime Survey findings tell us about victims of crime - L Lancaster [1.15mb]
- Presentation by MOSAIC Training, Service & Healing Centre For Women [888kb]
- Restorative Justice, Ms Hlayisani Mathebelua, DOJ &CD: Sub-Directorate: Restorative Justice [406kb]