SOUTH AFRICAN JUDGES, MAGISTRATES BEING TRAINED TO TACKLE CYBER CRIMES

JOHANNESBURG, More than 300 South African magistrates and judges have so far been trained in dealing with cyber crime, says the Gauteng Province Deputy Judge President, Aubrey Ledwaba.

Ledwaba disclosed this when speaking Monday at an international workshop focusing on integrated cyber crime and electronic evidence into the judiciary being held in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

The three-day workshop is hosted by the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe in association with the South African Judicial Education Institute.

The aim is to assist countries such as South Africa with the implementation of the Budapest Convention which was established in 2013. The Budapest Convention on Cybercrime is the first international treaty which seeks address Internet and computer crime by harmonizing national laws, improving investigative techniques, and increasing cooperation among nations.

Ledwaba said: “About 320 judges and magistrates have already been trained and some of the magistrates and judges are also trainers. It’s an on-going thing at the moment. We think that with the trainers that’s been trained already, almost all the judicial officers would be in a position to cope with cyber crimes.”

SOURCE: SABC