Directives Issued for Trafficking Act

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The justice and constitutional development department has issued directives pertaining to the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act of 2013.

The act, apart from sections 15, 16 and 31(2)(b)(ii), came into effect on 9 August 2015.

The directives, issued in terms of section 44 (1) (a) of the act, instruct police officials, members of the prosecuting authority and home affairs, labour and social development officials on how to carry out functions related to the act.

Functions include the reporting of trafficking in persons cases, measures to be taken when foreign victims of trafficking cannot speak any of the 11 official languages and steps to protect victims of trafficking and witnesses.

Some of the issues covered in the directives include victim centred approach, confidentiality,  reporting duties in terms of the act, the manner in which trafficking cases must be reported, the vetting of interpreters, attributes of interpreters, telephone interpretation and measures to protect victims and witnesses when necessary.

Annexures include a reporting statement, oath or affirmation, guidelines for interpreters and guidelines for contingency plans to ensure safety of victims and witnesses.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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