DA supports Gender-based Violence victim

Caption of the pic (Shadow MMC Community Development Cllr Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku)

The Democratic Alliance had to step in to help a victim of gender based violence (GBV) after the South African Police Service (SAPS) refused to help her. 

A victim of GBV went to her local police station to report the incident. Instead of being protected she was turned away. According to them this was a ‘family matter’ that didn’t require police intervention.       

The motive behind their refusal became clear when it was learnt that the perpetrator is a police officer. He clearly enjoyed the protection of his colleagues. Out of desperation the victim turned to a DA councillor. According to the victim the offender threatened to kill her if she attempted to have him prosecuted. 

Under these shocking and quite frankly terrifying circumstances the DA was forced to intervene.  After an appallingly long time the victim obtained a protection order. We do not deem this to be a victory – rather we see this as a monumental failure. This country failed this woman. She lives in a country where 102 women get assaulted by their partners every day. She lives in a country where a woman is murdered by her boyfriend or husband every 12 hours.   

These statistics are horrifying, but judging by this incident, we can assume that these numbers don’t reflect reality. It should never be necessary for a political party to step in before the police takes a victim seriously.

The DA calls on the government to reinstate specialised GBV units. These units have the knowledge and training to deal with GBV cases. They will also add another layer of accountability.     

The Democratic Alliance stands with every woman and child who is a victim of violence. If we have to stand in line with you at a police station, we will do that too.

The entire country was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the GBV pandemic is largely ignored. We live in a country where the amount of Covid-19 victims are comparable to victims of GBV – but we do not see President Ramaphosa address the nation every two weeks to give an update on how many women have died at the hands of their partners.  

The DA calls on this ANC government to start taking the GBV pandemic seriously. Hundreds of thousands of women have been the victims of violence under your reign. When will you start to care about us? or_y":�r�I�ٮ

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