[LISTEN] 'Sex offenders register IS accessible via application'

The Registrar for the National Register for Sexual Offences, Ntombi Matjila has sought to set the record straight over claims by the South African Council of Educators (Sace) that it currently does not have access to the register.

On Tuesday Communications Manager at Sace, Themba Ndhlovu told Cape Talk that the register is currently being reworked and, according to Ndhlovu, Sace will only have access to it in 2019.

However Matjila says the register IS available to be accessed via an application and says Sace that the has not made an application to access the sexual offender register.

Sace hasn't submitted any application what so ever wanting to check whether or not the details of the potential teachers appear or do not appear on the register.

Ntombi Matjila, Registrar for the National Register for Sexual Offences

However despite saying the register is available for viewing, Matjila admits it hold some discrepancies.

I agree with them in as far as when they say that the information that is in there is not somewhat accurate.

Ntombi Matjila, Registrar for the National Register for Sexual Offences

The reason for that inaccuracy is because last year during the audit, the auditor-general found out that there are other rape cases when in a person has raped and adult which appear in the register, and in terms of the law is not supposed to appear.

Ntombi Matjila, Registrar for the National Register for Sexual Offences

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Matjila says that it does not take long to approve an application to view the register.

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The act requires the application to be pertinent within 10 days after receipt of the application.

Ntombi Matjila, Registrar for the National Register for Sexual Offences

The register is updated daily.

Ntombi Matjila, Registrar for the National Register for Sexual Offences

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