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News: Eastern Cape SAPS say no to gender based violence as they commemorate women's month

              Media Statement
                    South African Police Service
                      Office of the Provisional Commissioner
Eastern Cape

In Commemoration of Women's month as part of government's national calendar of events, the Junior Management Core led by the SAPS Senior Management embarked on an awareness campaign at Palmietfontein and Majuba Village in Sterkspruit today, 22 August 2020, to address crimes targeted to women including Gender Based violence, domestic violence and crimes against humanity including witchcraft.

The areas have been discovered to be hot spots as per the provincial crime analysis and statistics, with reported cases of Gender Based Violence and necromancy.

The objective of the campaign was to address these issues and to engage with the vast community to root out the misconceptions and causes of these crimes threatening the existing and vulnerable female gender in our society.

Members from Crime Prevention's Domestic Violence section, Men For Change and Women's nertwork structures, Crime Prevention Youth Desk and delegation from the Joe Gqabi District's Community Policing forum (CPF) also formed part of the awareness campaign.

These structures gave mouthful presentations on how their respective environments are up in arms in assisting members of the community to curb the spread of these crimes directed to vulnerable members of the community.

During her address the Deputy Provincial Commissioner, Major General Thembeka Dyantyi condemned conflicts amongst neighbours and also encouraged those that are victims of crime to report such incidents to the police for further investigation.

"As neighbours, we must be guardians of one another, family ties must also be strengthened in our households so that we can protect each other and win the fight against Gender Based violence" said Maj Gen Dyantyi.

Speaking on behavioural change to men, the Acting District Commissioner of Joe Gqabi, Brigadier Adolph, pleaded with men to adopt the "PPR" (Protect, Provide and Respect) approach in caring for female counterparts and dealing with GBV. He also thanked the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner for identifying Joe Gqabi as one of the districts to commemorate women's month in the year 2020.

In their response, the audience mentioned that enough is enough, in the same spirit they committed themselves to work hand in glove with the South African Police Service and its internal and external stakeholders to fight crime.

The primary objective of the SAPS is also to enforce the rule of law on a daily basis and in every operation undertaken by the members, in conforming to this mandate an arrest was made of one suspect for non-compliance to the Disaster Management Act while the suspect was hosting a funeral service.

A door to door campaign was also conducted to asses understanding of Gender Based Violence by citizens and general Crime patterns in the areas were also assessed. Due to Covid-19 lockdown regulations, electronic pamphlets were distributed to the public by Corporate Communication and Liason to educate the public about Gender Based violence via social media platforms (Whatsapp), a new innovation and creativity by the component to move with the times during this lockdown period.




Const VS Mkhetshane








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