Winnie

Ashoka Fellow
South Africa,
Fellow Since 1998
Centre for Criminal Justice

Citation

This profile was prepared when Winnie Kubayi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
The way a case is reported plays a critical role in prosecuting a case through the justice system. The reality is that many of those turned away, or whose cases are thrown out of court because of inadequate evidence, happen to be women who are victims of violence. Very often, the questions asked to establish the credibility of the victims, were regarded as insulting, of doubtful relevance and negatively affects the relationship between the police and the victim. To make sure that cases are reported, properly documented, and that evidence is built up to secure a conviction, the Centre for Criminal Justice (CCJ) is opening Community Outreach Centres in local police stations. The purpose in doing this is to make sure that the reporting is done properly and the necessary evidence gathered. In addition, it is also an attempt to deal with repeated complaints of women and children, that they had been dealt with harshly and unsympathetically when they have reported an act of violence against them. Having persuaded the police to allow the CCJ to set up Community Outreach Centres in the police stations, the Centre works with the victims from the time the case is reported until it goes to court. After securing a conviction of the perpetrator the Centre goes further, and makes sure the victim gets counseling or other assistance from appropriate agencies and authorities. The way a case is reported plays a critical role in prosecuting a case through the justice system. The reality is that many of those turned away, or whose cases are thrown out of court because of inadequate evidence, happen to be women who are victims of violence. Very often, the questions asked to establish the credibility of the victims, were regarded as insulting, of doubtful relevance and negatively affects the relationship between the police and the victim. To make sure that cases are reported, properly documented, and that evidence is built up to secure a conviction, the Centre for Criminal Justice (CCJ) is opening Community Outreach Centres in local police stations. The purpose in doing this is to make sure that the reporting is done properly and the necessary evidence gathered. In addition, it is also an attempt to deal with repeated complaints of women and children, that they had been dealt with harshly and unsympathetically when they have reported an act of violence against them. Having persuaded the police to allow the CCJ to set up Community Outreach Centres in the police stations, the Centre works with the victims from the time the case is reported until it goes to court. After securing a conviction of the perpetrator the Centre goes further, and makes sure the victim gets counseling or other assistance from appropriate agencies and authorities.
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