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2020/08/24      |  Written By:  Brigadier L Hlathi   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

NELSPRUIT- Police in Mpumalanga will investigate the incident which was captured on video which went viral where a man is seen assaulting a young woman. The incident which can be described as inhuman, is alleged to have taken place at Kamhlushwa in the Nkomazi area, earlier this year in February/March but only surfaced on Saturday, 22 August 2020.

After careful scrutiny of the video, police are of the view that the man who is seen violently attacking the woman, has a case to answer to hence the investigation in a form of an enquiry into the matter. The Provincial Commissioner has appointed a senior police officer to probe this issue. In the meantime, police in Mpumalanga continue with their campaign encouraging women to report their abusive husbands or boyfriends as at times, the ending is unpleasant.

The office of the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has issued a statement reiterating a stance which must be taken by women should they experience any form of abuse. They must institute a protection order against them and if physically abused, they must not hesitate to open a criminal case so that the processes can run concurrently.

The SAPS in Mpumalanga view Gender Based Violence in a serious light and vow to respond immediately when called upon. They (police) also encourage victims of GBV not to hesitate to open cases or report any form of abuse. Women are also encouraged NOT to withdraw cases related to GBV as that might not stop this pandemic. Families are also advised NOT to stop victims of GBV when they opt to take the legal route.