Call for Special Courts in Xenophobia Cases

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 13:44
The South African Human Rights Commission recommends that the government set up special courts to deal with xenophobia-related cases
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has recommended to the portfolio committee on justice and constitutional development that government set up special courts to deal with xenophobia-related cases.

The SAHRC, which presented its findings on research into the aftermath of the 2008 xenophobic attacks, found that victims of xenophobia had not received proper justice because there were so few convictions related to the attacks.

Titled ‘Report on the Rule of Law, Justice and Impunity: Institutional Responses to the 2008 Violence Against Non-nationals’, the report says cases related to the 2008 attacks were hindered by delays brought on by case flow management, a shortage of investigators, reduced forensic and court capacity, as well as a lack of available interpreters.

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