W Cape police tackle crimes against women and children

The Police’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units of the Western Cape have over the past three months secured the conviction of 97 perpetrators of crimes. They say the crimes include rape, assault, child neglect, kidnapping, attempted murder and statutory rape. The ages of the perpetrators are between[…]

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New centre for victims of abuse in Steenberg

The Steenberg Community Policing Forum (CPF) has taken a stand against abuse by launching a new one-stop centre for women and children who are survivors of abuse. It comes amidst an influx of reports of domestic violence cases. The Philisa Abafazi Bethu (PABs) offices has been designed to attend to[…]

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Women fear emotional abuse more than physical: Expert

Women and children are often subjected to more subtle cases of abuse beyond physical, with emotional and sexual trauma proving far more prevalent than most would care to assume. According to Suraiya Nawab, director and founding member of Islamic Careline, such manifestations of abuse often go under the radar because[…]

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Abuse of dual citizenship an issue: Bapela

South Africans who use their dual citizenship to join the army in other countries are abusing the system, the ANC’s international relations subcommittee chairperson Obed Bapela said on Monday. “We have 4 000 British who are in the Royal services of the UK… and rightfully so because they are also[…]

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‘SA losing fight against gender violence’

Women are losing the battle against gender-based violence with the scourge remaining far too pervasive a problem within South African households, according to the Saartjie Baartman Centre. As South Africa commemorates Women’s Month, new statistics highlight that a massive percentage of the country’s female population continue to face instances of[…]

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Toddler beaten for six hours, court hears

A Hanover Park man allegedly beat his two-year-old daughter for about six hours and when she was taken to hospital the following day she was declared dead, the Athlone Magistrate’s Court heard on Monday. Christopher Williams, 32, wearing a dirty blue tracksuit and a yellow cap, which he removed, kept[…]

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Harsh conditions for 11.4 million of SA youth

Statistics shows that roughly 11.4 million children in South Africa are forced to cope with abject poverty, neglect and abuse on an almost daily basis; with little hope of respite. These children either reside in broken homes, child care facilities or on the countries streets. In line with the annual[…]

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Abuse of domestic workers rife in community

Cases of domestic worker abuse are reportedly on the rise in Cape Town, with recent media reports noting at least 20 such instances in the Athlone area alone. General Secretary of the South African Domestic and Allied Workers Union, Myrtle Witbooi, said instances of abuse were an ongoing trend in[…]

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