The Western Cape Justice Department Imbizo, hosted by Formosa Primary School on August 1, was well-attended.
KNYSNA NEWS - According to a statement issued by the Western Cape Justice Department, "New Horizon has been identified as one of 16 areas with the highest prevalence of domestic violence within the Western Cape Province."
As such, New Horizon has been recognised as one of the key communities in the Western Cape to engage women and children and empower them through education about their rights and the workings of the Criminal and Civil Justice system.
Formosa Primary School in New Horizon hosted the Western Cape Justice Department's Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster service delivery Imbizo as part of the Western Cape Development Committee's annual Women's Months celebrations on August 1.
Those who attended the Imbizo were alerted as to their rights and how to access them free of charge from the State. The department indicated its aim that access to such information will help protect vulnerable groups, and break the silence that surrounds gender-based violence.
The address by the JCPS cluster departments included information on matters such as gender-based violence, domestic violence, sexual offences, maintenance, Equality Court services and service delivery issues.
Community members were given the opportunity to pose questions to a panel of experts representing the National Prosecuting Authority, the Master's office, Correctional Services, SAPS, the Family Advocate, Home Affairs and Legal Aid South Africa.
Concerns relating to care and contact of minor children, sentencing of offenders, the relationship between the community and the police, and the general state of crime in the area were raised by the community.
Colonel Nolan Micheals, Plettenberg Bay Police station commander, encouraged the community to make use of SAPS' frontline staff and familiarise themselves with the complaints processes in order to ensure more effective service delivery.
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