By Anyway Yotamu.
HARARE – The Judiciary Service Commission, JSC, say more victim friendly courts will be established in all the country’s provinces as part of its strategic priorities to deal with rampant cases of sexual gender-based violence starting in 2021.
Speaking during the 2020 national Victim Friendly System, VFS, 4th quarterly meeting in Harare, Deputy Chief Magistrate, Mrs Bianca Makwande who was standing in for the VFS Chairperson said: “Cases on gender based violence and sexual abuse increased during the covid-19 pandemic and this impeded access to justice as most cases were not reported.”
Mrs Makwande said this is likely to cause cultural and psychological impact to society after covid-19 period adding that the jsc is planning to adopt a post-covid-19 strategy designed to leverage technology as a channel for justice delivery.
She added that all courts in the country will be incapacitated to handle sexual gender based violence and other cases involving vulnerable persons within three years.
Speaking at the same occasion, United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, representative in Zimbabwe, Natasha Ryan said her organisaton will continue to channel resources towards mitigating the risk of gender based violence in the country.