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2020/11/23      |  Written By:  Sergeant L Dingoko   |   Province:  North West

Globally, law enforcement officers are the first responders to domestic violence incidents. As result, they ought to be knowledgeable about what domestic violence entails.

In light of the above, the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mmabatho have on Thursday, 19 November 2020, collaborated with the North West University - Mahikeng Campus, Department of Basic Education and South African Ministers Fraternal (Samifra) in a quest to stand against Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) and Domestic Violence.  The awareness was held at Molema Memorial Primary School at Ramosadi Village, aimed at empowering the community to know and understand the reporting process and assistance provided by various entities.

Warrant Officer Nong of Mmabatho Domestic Violence office, explained a distinction between domestic violence and GBVF. He emphasised that violence against women, men or children living in the same place, have an element of domestic violence and must be reported without any hesitation.

Captain Moela of the Mmabatho Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit enlightened the community about crimes against women and children. He explained that crimes against women and children which are a huge threat to our development as a nation, have always been SAPS priority. "As the South African Police Service, we are committed to making South Africa safer for women, children and the vulnerable groups, but we can only succeed if you report the incidents," he concluded.

The event which was also attended by journalists from Mafikeng FM and Mmabatho FM to maximise the awareness, educated the attendees through the efforts of the North West University - Mafikeng Campus Nursing Students who staged an enthusiastic drama which demonstrated all signs of gender based violence.

Mafikeng Campus Nursing Students who staged an enthusiastic drama