Pretoria – The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has warned against calls to make public the national register for sex offenders.
It is believed that making the register public would curb sexual offences against children, but according to the department, this would fuel mob justice against perpetrators.
Department spokesperson Steve Mahlangu said publicising the register could not be done without violating the right to privacy of an individual, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights.
“There are also dangers of the register being used unjustifiably to fuel acts of mob justice against perpetrators. This is among a number of issues that make publicising the register a contentious and complicated discussion,” Mahlangu said. He said the purpose of the register was to prevent recidivism by convicted sex offenders