DPP disposed of 212 criminal cases in 2019

first_imgThe backlog of criminal cases within the Supreme Court of Judicature has been reduced by 212 cases after they were disposed of by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers in 2019.The Director of Public Prosecutions ChambersIn its annual report, the DPP said of the 212 cases, 178 received attention in High Courts across the country while 34 matters were nolle prosequi (not prosecuted) by the DPP. Of the 178 cases, 110 were presented at the Demerara Assizes, 25 at the Berbice Assizes and 43 at the Essequibo Assizes.There were 86 cases for murder, 84 sexual offences, two cases for the offence of manslaughter, five cases of attempt to commit murder and one case for accessory after the fact to murder. These cases resulted in 36 convictions, 56 guilty pleas, 32 formal verdicts of not guilty, 28 not guilty verdicts by jury, five hung juries, four aborted trials and 51 cases were nolle prosequi, 16 of which were done in Court.During 2019, the DPP also appeared in 30 matters in the Court of Appeal. The State was represented by Assistant DPP Dionne McCammon, Assistant DPP Teshana Lake, Assistant DPP Diana O’Brien, Assistant DPP Natasha Backer, Senior State Counsel Mercedes Glasford, State Counsel Narissa Leander and State Counsel Orinthia Schmidt in those matters.Of these 30 appeals, 12 were for sexual offences, three for the offence of manslaughter, eight for murder appeals, two for wounding with intent, another two for possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking and one each for felonious wounding, causing death by dangerous driving and uttering a forged document.The Court of Appeal dismissed and denied eight of these applications to appeal against conviction and sentence; while six other appellants’ applications were allowed in part, that is, the appeals against conviction were dismissed but the appeals against sentence were allowed. The sentences were varied which included commutation of two death sentences to life imprisonment.In addition, the Court of Appeal reserved one decision while one other application was withdrawn. There were eight applications for extension of time to file and serve notices of appeal of which six were granted and two were denied. Five appellants made applications for bail pending their appeal, three of these were denied while one application was granted and one other application was withdrawn. The Court of Appeal also allowed an appeal by the State against an acquittal.During this year, the Demerara Full Court dealt with 15 matters for the offences of break and enter and larceny, possession of firearm without license, murder, possession of cannabis, possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, assault causing actual bodily harm and rape of a girl under 16 years. Four applications were withdrawn, one application was struck out after the Full Court ruled it had no jurisdiction to hear the matter, five appellants were denied their applications while five others were granted their applications to appeal.Meanwhile, the Berbice Full Court heard an application to appeal against sentence for the offence of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking. The appellant did not attend court and the application was dismissed. The Berbice Civil Court also heard an application to quash a committal for the offence of murder and the application was granted.In 2019, the DPP appeared at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in an application for leave to appeal against a decision of the Court of Appeal, where the conviction and sentence for the offence of manslaughter was dismissed. The CCJ dismissed the application. The Chambers are also engaged in another case before the Trinidad-based regional court, where the applicant applied for leave to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal to dismiss an appeal against conviction and sentence for the offence of rape of a child under 16 years. The CCJ has denied the application for leave to appeal against the conviction but has granted leave to hear the appeal against sentence in January 2020.During 2019, the DPP’s office received 318 depositions, of which 174 indictments were proffered, 16 were returned to Magistrates’ Courts for reopening of cases, 13 matters were discontinued, two were nolle prosequi while 113 matters are receiving attention. The Chambers also gave legal advice in 3725 files received from the Guyana Police Force and other law enforcement agencies.The last criminal session of 2019 in Demerara came to an end on December 20, when the goal delivery was done by Justice Sandil Kissoon. The Demerara October 2019 Criminal Assizes was presided over by Justice Kissoon along with Justices Jo-Ann Barlow and Simone Morris-Ramlall.During this session, 49 of 322 cases were disposed of with 36 having received attention in the Demerara High Court while 12 were nolle prosequi by the DPP via letter.Of the 36 matters that were presented, 20 were for the offence of murder while 16 others were for sexual offences. These resulted in 13 guilty pleas, nine guilty verdicts by jury, three not guilty verdicts, six formal verdicts of not guilty, two hung juries and three aborted trials.The January 2020 Criminal Assizes in Demerara will open on January 14, 2020, with a total of 318 cases listed to be heard. Justices Barlow, Kissoon and Brassington Reynolds have been rostered to sit during this session.Meanwhile, the Berbice Criminal Assizes which opened on October 15, 2019, is ongoing until February 3, 2020. State Prosecutor Seeta Bishundial presented six matters thus far before Justice Brassington Reynolds during this assizes. The February 2020 Berbice Criminal Assizes will commence on February 4.Additionally, the October 2019 Essequibo Criminal Assizes also remains in progress. During this session thus far, State Counsel Lisa Cave has presented seven matters before Justice Gino Persaud. The Essequibo February 2020 Criminal Assizes will commence on February 18.last_img read more

Burnley 1-3 Everton: Eto’o masterclass leaves Clarets feeling blue

first_img1 Samuel Eto’o celebrates his first goal against Burnley with Leighton Baines What Sean Dyche would give for a player like Samuel Eto’o.The striker, now 33, but showing no signs of losing his killer instincts, boasts some of Europe’s top clubs on his CV. And his class ultimately proved to be the difference at Turf Moor as Everton left their hosts still searching for their first Premier League win of the season.The home side huffed and puffed and showed plenty of spirit, but a lack of genuine quality at both ends of the pitch continues to cost them. Quality like that possseed by Eto’o.And that was evident as early as the third minute when the visitors took the lead with the first meaningful attack of the match.A sweeping move ended with Leon Osman laying the ball out wide into the path of Leighton Baines and the overlapping full-back’s cross was aimed perfectly towards the run of Eto’o. The Cameroon international did not even need to check his stride before he powered his header in off the underside of the crossbar.Even at that early stage it looked as though that goal could open the floodgates for the Merseysiders and lead to a long, long afternoon for Sean Dyche’s struggling side but, to their credit, they refused to lie down.Despite being second best for long periods of time, they clawed their way back into the game in the 20th minute – although they were given a large helping hand by Romelu Lukaku.The Belgian striker gave the ball away cheaply midway inside his own half, and Lukas Jutkiewicz made him pay with a perfect through ball for Danny Ings.And the striker, who did so much so much to help Burnley secure promotion last season, kept his composure to round Tim Howard and slot the ball home for his first Premier League goal.That will have come as a huge personal relief to him, and a collective relief to his team, but their joy was all too short-lived.They enjoyed parity for just eight minutes before Everton again punished the Clarets for hesitancy at the back.Again the Toffees passed the ball around neatly before Steven Naismith fed the ball into Lukaku in the penalty area. The centre-forward was perhaps slightly fortunate his first effort rebounded off a defender and back into his path but he needed no second invitation as he swept the ball across Tom Heaton and into the far corner.It was hard to argue Everton did not deserve their lead, and they continued to look the most likely to score again.Naismtih’s looping header clipped the top of the crossbar, while Eto’o tested Heaton with a decent long-range drive.And it was fitting it was Eto’o who had the last word in the contest, as he settled the affair with a scintillating 25-yard curling drive that gave Heaton absolutely no chance to reinforce Everton’s superiority and pile on the misery for the home fans. – misery that was almost multiplied as Eto’o was denied his hat-trick by a post in the dying moments.There was no doubting the hosts’ commitment to the cause, but Dyche desperately needs to unlock the secret to finding that first win of the campaign. And he needs to do it quickly.last_img read more

Warnock reveals failed Palace move for in-form Spurs man

first_imgNeil Warnock has revealed he tried to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham when he first arrived at Crystal Palace.Kane has been one of Spurs’ star performers this term, hitting 11 goals in all competitions so far.But Warnock says the striker could have been in an Eagles shirt this summer, revealing he came close to landing the 21-year-old back in August when he was on the fringes of the first team under Mauricio Pochettino.And now the Palace boss must find a way to shackle Kane when the sides meet at White Hart Lane on Saturday.Warnock said: “I’ve tried to get him a few times this year.“He’s a good lad, a genuine lad. He’s an exciting player, his first thought when he gets the ball is positive.“When I came in he wasn’t involved at the time. We thought there was a chance of getting him on loan but unfortunately they’re in that horrible cup on a Thursday night.” 1last_img read more

Allen set for Liverpool exit as Sevilla, Southampton and Swansea eye Wales ace

first_img1 Joe Allen is attracting attention from a host of clubs as Jurgen Klopp prepares to sell the midfielder this summer.The 26-year-old is popular with the Anfield faithful and starred for Wales at Euro 2016 as they made history by reaching the semi-finals.But Allen has only 12 months left on his contract with Liverpool and has not been offered a new deal.Reds boss Klopp is now understood to be ready to cash in on Allen this summer as he looks to reshape his squad.Swansea, who sold the player to the Reds for £15m in 2012, are keen to re-sign their former star.Southampton are also understood to be showing an interest, while Spanish giants Sevilla are monitoring his situaton having been impressed by his performances in France this summer.Liverpool are believed to have slapped an £11m price tag on Allen’s head. Joe Allen in action for Wales at Euro 2016 last_img read more

Site offers New Year’s messages on confetti

first_imgMessages and wishes for the new year from people around the world will float down on the New Year’s Eve revelers in Times Square when the confetti is dropped. For the first time, anyone can get a message printed on a piece of the multicolored confetti by visiting the Times Square Information Center or by using the Internet to type a message on a “Wishing Wall Online” – http://tinyurl.com/2c5efd. The message-carrying pieces will be mixed among the more than one ton of confetti, organizers said. Messages can be serious or silly, said Tim Tompkins, a spokesman for the Times Square Alliance, which organizes the party. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSo far, messages have included everything from wanting to be taller or having a smarter boss to healthy children and asking for the safe return of a child from Iraq, he said. “Peace in the World,” reads one posted on the “virtual wishing wall.”last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL’S FINEST CLEAN UP AT THE OIREACHTAS FESTIVAL

first_imgClaire Nic Suibhne from Rann na Feirste who won second prize in the Storytelling competition for 15-18 year olds at the Oireachtas festival in Killarney. The Oireachtas celebrates the best of sean-nós singing, dancing and storytelling. Pic: Clive WassonThe annual Oireachtas festival which celebrates the best of sean-nós singing, dancing and storytelling took place in the INEC Killarney over the weekend and plenty of trophies, cups and medals are making their way to Donegal this week. One of the stand-out winners is Eoghan Ó Curraighín from Baile Mór in Teelin who took away two big prizes – first prize in the Dreas Cainte competition and first prize in the Storytelling competition – it was his 6th time winning the Storytelling competition – the only person to win it so many times.Storytelling must run in the family as his son Shane won second prize in the qualifying competition in Storytelling. Dreas Cainte competition1st prize – Eoghan Ó Curraighín from Teelin in Donegal.Storytelling – qualifying competition2nd prize – Shane Ó Curraighín from Teelin in Donegal. Storytelling – main competiton1st prize: Eoghan Ó Curraighín from Teelin in Donegal.Amhrán Saothair2nd prize: Áine Ní Bhreisleáin and Suzanne Ní Ghallchóir from Gaoth Dóbhair in DonegalCorn Uí Riada sean-nós singing competition 3rd prize: Máire Ní Choilm from Gaoth Dóbhair in DonegalAithriseoireacht Under 121st prize: Ailbhe Ní Ghallchóir from na Doirí Beaga in Donegal2nd prize: Joseph Mac Suibhne from Rann na Feirste in Donegal Aithriseoireacht 12-15 years1st prize: Hugh Anthony Mac Suibhne from Rann na Feirste in DonegalSean-nós singing competition Under 122nd prize: Gráinne Ní Dhomhnaill from Cionn Caslach in DonegalSean-nós singing competition 12-15 years1st prize: Naoise Mac Cathmhaoil from Ard an Ratha in DonegalStorytelling competition 15-18 years2nd prize: Claire Nic Suibhne from Rann na Feirste in DonegalMáire Mhic Niallais and Bláthnaid Ó Brádaigh, President of Oireachtas na Gaeilge presenting Ailbhe Ní Ghallchóir from na Doirí Beaga in Donegal with first prize in the Under 12 Aithriseoireacht competition at the Oireachtas festival in Killarney. He also won first prize in the Dreas Cainte competition. The Oireachtas celebrates the best of sean-nós singing, dancing and storytelling. Pic: Clive WassonHugh Anthony Mac Suibhne from Rann na Feirste who won first prize in the Aithriseoireacht competition for 12-15 year olds at the Oireachtas festival in Killarney. He also won first prize in the Dreas Cainte competition. The Oireachtas celebrates the best of sean-nós singing, dancing and storytelling. Pic: Clive WassonEoghan Ó Curraighín from Teileann in Donegal who won first prize in the main Storytelling competition for the sixth time at the Oireachtas festival in Killarney. He also won first prize in the Dreas Cainte competition. The Oireachtas celebrates the best of sean-nós singing, dancing and storytelling. Pic: Clive WassonEoghan Ó Curraighín from Teileann in Donegal who won first prize in the main Storytelling competition for the sixth time at the Oireachtas festival in Killarney. He also won first prize in the Dreas Cainte competition. The Oireachtas celebrates the best of sean-nós singing, dancing and storytelling. Pic: Clive WassonPICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL’S FINEST CLEAN UP AT THE OIREACHTAS FESTIVAL was last modified: November 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:KILLARNEYOIREACHTASPICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL’S FINEST CLEAN UP AT THE OIREACHTAS FESTIVALlast_img read more

CHRISTMAS JOY FOR FAMILY AFTER STOLEN PETS FOUND SAFE AND WELL

first_imgOne of the mising pets, Otto, which was found safe after being stolen from its Letterkenny home.Christmas has come early for one Donegal family after their three stolen pet greyhounds were found safe and well.The McKeever family were left devastated on Saturday morning after they awoke to find their home broken into and their beloved dogs taken.The gate at the rear of their home in Letterkenny had been twisted and the three pets taken from sheds. Dad John McKeever said his family were left heartbroken as they had raised the two pups from a litter of 13 which were born last January.“We heard barking in the middle of the night but didn’t think much of it.“But when we woke up we knew the gate had been twisted off and the dogs were gone.“We were just gutted that anybody would do such a thing,” said John. John revealed the whoever stole the dogs from his home at Ballymacool were prepared as they had their own leads and did not steal any of the dog’s leads which were hanging in the sheds.The family including John’s wife Noreen and children Grainne, 19, ad Ronan, 21, immediately put the word out by social media about the missing pets.John said “I would have always been skeptical about social media and Facebook but I have seen first-hand the power of it.“We had everyone looking for the dogs and it wasn’t long before we had people making a number of possible sightings,” he said.And to the family’s delight just before 6pm on Saturday evening, a young boy called to the house and said he had found the dogs straying on the street. John said he would not like to think what would have happened to the family’s pets if they had not launched a search for the dogs named Tiger, Otto and Buddy.“The mother dog Tiger is old so they might have just dumped her or shot her and the two pups would probably have been used for lurching.“We’re just so thankful to have them back because we have had them since they were born.“The next time the kids are on Facebook all day, I won’t be giving out too much,” laughed John. CHRISTMAS JOY FOR FAMILY AFTER STOLEN PETS FOUND SAFE AND WELL was last modified: December 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalgreyhoundJohn McKeeverletterkennypetsstolenlast_img read more

Chelsea fans heap praise on ‘absolute bargain’ during 3-0 win at Southampton

first_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Ross Barkley breakout day!Good. For. Him. He’s worked hard.— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) October 7, 2018 Really been impressed with Ross Barkley today. One goal, one assist, and some great play up through the middle. I know he’s been waiting a long time for the opportunity to shine. Fantastic to see him finally do it.— Dan Levene (@danlevene) October 7, 2018 Ross Barkley has been incredible today.— Uber Chelsea FC 🏆 (@UberCheIseaFC) October 7, 2018 The devil’s greatest trick was convincing the world he didn’t exist.His second greatest trick was persuading Everton to sell Ross Barkley to Chelsea for only £15 million. #Chelsea#CHESOU pic.twitter.com/rQHGlrrIEX— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) October 7, 2018 Chelsea signed Ross Barkley for £15m in January Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware punished tense center_img REAL DEAL Easily Barkley’s best performance in a Chelsea shirt— Craige Brooks (@CraigeB_87) October 7, 2018 REVEALED Latest Chelsea News 1 Chelsea fans were seriously impressed with Ross Barkley during their 3-0 win over Southampton on Sunday.The English midfielder worked tirelessly in midfield for the full 90 minutes, picking up a goal and an assist along the way. targets Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won I’m thinking this Chelsea side are half decent and in Ross Barkley they have got an absolute bargain.— Paul Carpenter (@Carpente7Paul) October 7, 2018 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star JIBE Barkley robbed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and fed Eden Hazard for the opener, before later tapping in from an acrobatic Olivier Giroud cross to make it 2-0.Alvaro Morata rounded off the victory with a third goal, but it was the £15 million man who claimed most of the plaudits.You can read the best of the social media reaction below. shining Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Barkley continues to prove people wrong including myself … so proud of him 😍😍😍 #SOUCHE— Monserrat (@DorcasO48600970) October 7, 2018last_img read more

UPDATED: GARDAÍ SURROUND DONEGAL BARN IN SEARCH FOR MURDER SUSPECT

first_imgMcLaughlinLATEST: ARMED GARDAI have surrounded a barn in Co Donegal tonight in their hunt for a suspected killer.Officers are outside the building  near Burnfoot as part of a search for Kieran McLaughlin.The PSNI named McLaughlin, 58, as the chief suspect in the brutal murder of Barry McCrory, shot dead in a flat in Derry city centre on Thursday morning. Police also took the unusual step of issuing a picture of McLaughlin.Gardai spent today searching Border areas close to Derry in the hunt for the suspect.Tonight Gardai have surrounded the barn and believe McLaughlin may be there. It follows searches in Muff earlier in the day.Armed Gardai are at the scene on the Brae Road. The PSNI raided a number of homes in Galliagh on the Derry side of the Border as part of the operation.The killing has been widely condemned with British PM David Cameron the latest to denounce the shooting.He was in Belfast to attend a major investment conference and he took time out at the end of the event to condemn the killing of Mr McCrory and that of 46-year-old Brendan Kearney in Belfast on Wednesday night.He said: “These murders are despicable and the people responsible should be hunted down prosecuted and convicted, they should face justice.”The dead man’s family, including his mother Anne, father Danny and son Shea attended a peace rally held in Guildhall Square in protest at the killing. Following a two minutes silence, the crowd of several hundred were told a clear message needed to be sent out from Derry that violence from all quarters was not acceptable in the city.Meanwhile, Mr McCrory’s body remains in Belfast where a post mortem examination has taken place. The family hope to have is remains returned to them tomorrow with burial expected on Monday.UPDATED: GARDAÍ SURROUND DONEGAL BARN IN SEARCH FOR MURDER SUSPECT was last modified: October 11th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Barry McCroryGardaiKieran McLaughlinmuffmurdersearchlast_img read more

16 Days campaign kicks off

first_imgThe 16 Days campaign demands an end to gender-based violence.(Image: Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tanana Cornelius MonamaChief director, communications –Department of Women, Children andPeople with Disabilities+27 12 359 0224 or +27 82 578 4063RELATED ARTICLES• Women’s rights in SA to advance• Towards gender quality in SA• Iraqi gender activists learn from SA• Men-only clinic opens in SASource: Southafrica.infoImagine if, for 16 days, there was no rape, no child abuse. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.For the 13th year, South Africa is taking part in the global 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, which runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.President Jacob Zuma and Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana will launch the campaign in Kimberley in the Northern Cape on Sunday.While the campaign runs only for 16 days each year, its objectives are reinforced by a year-long programme and a national plan to combat abuse.South Africa is still home to high levels of violence against its women and children, despite a world-renowned Constitution and a legislative overhaul that safeguards women’s and children’s rights.The government, business, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations and the media are all participating in the drive to increase awareness of the negative impact of violence and abuse on women and children.The campaign also aims to:Challenge the perpetrators of violence to change their behaviour.Involve men in helping to eradicate violence.Provide survivors with information on services and organisations that can help lessen the impact of violence on their lives.What you can doSouth Africans are urged to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon – a symbol of peace – during the 16-day period to symbolise their commitment to never commit or condone violence against women or children.Other ways of supporting the campaign:Speak out against woman and child abuse. Encourage silent female victims to challenge abuse, and ensure that they get help. Report child abuse to the police immediately. Encourage children to report bullying behaviour to school authorities.Men are critical partners in the fight against the abuse of women and children. Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour.Families must stick together to create a safe environment for women and children.Parents and adults can make sure that children are not exposed to sexual and violent material such as pornography.Volunteer some of your time and energy in support of a non-governmental organisation or community group working in your area to help abused women and children. Use your life skills and knowledge to help support victims of abuse.Donate some money to organisations working to end violence against women and children by making a contribution to the Foundation for Human Rights. Tel: 011 339 5560/1/2/3/4/5.Engage in online dialogues such as the Cyber Dialogues organised by Gender Links – see www.genderlinks.org.za – which provides a platform to share issues and experiences and offer solutions, with experts participating in the online chats.Get connected with important contacts and information published on www.womensnet.org.za.Seek help if you are emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline on 0800 150 150.Report illegal guns to the police – according to the International Action Network on Small Arms Women’s Network, women are three times more likely to die violently if there is a gun in the home.Join a community policing forum (CPF) or community safety forum (CSF) to help fight crime in your area. For information on how to join, contact your local police station.Take part in a 16 Days event – check out the calendar.Rhetoric and realitySouth Africa, according to NGO Gender Links, needs to close the gap between the “rhetoric of gender equality” and the “reality on the ground”.Gender Links says the country has made impressive strides in recognising the roles and rights of women and children.The Constitution recognises gender equality as the cornerstone of South Africa’s democracy, and new legislation – such as the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act and the Domestic Violence Act – have been lauded for enforcing the rights of women.But more needs to be done. “Changing laws can be swift,” says Gender Links. “Giving them effect, and changing the mindsets that often render them ineffective, is a much more demanding task.”last_img read more