Commission for Gender Equality Takes Action Against Gender-Based Violence in KwaZulu-Natal

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The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is taking active steps to ensure that state entities comply with the necessary provision of services for the victims and survivors of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) in South Africa. The CGE has scheduled oversight and monitoring visits to two police stations in KwaZulu-Natal province as part of an ongoing program to assess the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) compliance.

Ongoing Program to Address GBV Cases

The program began two years ago and has since been compiled into a report. The CGE’s visit to KwaZulu-Natal is part of an effort to ensure that the initial report’s recommendations are being implemented by the SAPS. The CGE commissioners will also attend the Dundee Magistrate’s Court to monitor the case of a learner who was allegedly raped by a school teacher.

Concerns About Handling of GBV Cases

The handling of rape cases by state entities and the slow pace of the criminal justice system in protecting GBV victims have been the subject of public outcry. With its monitoring visits, the CGE aims to address these concerns and improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system in handling and resolving such cases.

Presenting Findings to the National Police Commissioner

Following the visits, the CGE will present its findings to the National Police Commissioner as well as the Portfolio Committees on Police and Justice and Correctional Services. This presentation will facilitate the necessary interventions in instances where poor service delivery has been identified. Ultimately, the goal of these oversight visits is to help create a South Africa free of gender inequality and GBVF.

Ongoing Monitoring and Intervention Efforts

The CGE’s visit to KwaZulu-Natal comes at a crucial time when the need for improvement in the handling of GBV cases is more pressing than ever. With the CGE’s ongoing monitoring and intervention efforts, there is hope that real progress is being made to address these concerns and provide better support and protection for GBV victims.

Visiting Multiple Locations

In the coming days, CGE commissioners will visit the Plesislaer Police Station in Pietermaritzburg, the Dundee Magistrate Court, and the Dundee Police Station. Their presence will serve as both a reminder and a call to action for state entities to improve their handling of GBV cases, contributing to a safer and more just society.

Commitment to Addressing Gender-Based Violence and Femicide

The continued efforts of the CGE, along with the cooperation of state entities like the SAPS, ensure that attention remains on this crucial issue. The fight against gender-based violence and femicide cannot be ignored, and the CGE’s work in KwaZulu-Natal is a testament to their commitment to making South Africa a more equitable and safe place for all citizens, regardless of gender.

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