Cops to up game when handling abuse cases

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May 25, 2017
Cops to up game when handling abuse cases

URGE: SAPS in for shake-up, says Police Minister Fikile Mbalula

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has promised a major shake-up at police stations across the country to ensure that no woman who comes to lay a complaint of abuse is turned away.

Briefing journalists ahead of his budget vote in Parliament on Tuesday, Mbalula also spoke of seeing his own sister being abused by her berk.

Over the next two weeks, he would be meeting with police commanders across the country to ensure that specialised units are set up to deal with women reporting rape and abuse in a sensitive manner.

In addition, women would be advised not to withdraw charges against their aggressors.

He said prosecutors or the investigating officer should decide on a case’s merits.

“Women are not always in a position to make a rational judgement. Probably you are dependent on this person [abuser],” he says.

“My sister was beaten, abused to the point where she was paralysed.”

The minister cautioned women against listening to family and friends who advise them to resolve the matter without police intervention.

“Today you are being klapped and you put up with it. Tomorrow, you are being kicked and you put up with it, and then tomorrow you are being shot and you put up with it and the families come in and say this matter can be properly resolved between families and you put up with it and the last is the trigger, you die”

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