President Cyril Ramaphosa has detailed three ‘key bills’ which aim to tackle the country’s problem of gender-based violence and other violent crimes. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, Ramaphosa said that the three amendment bills are designed to fill the gaps that allow some perpetrators of these[…]
More than 13 000 domestic violence incidents were reported under lockdown between March 27 and June 3, according to Police Minister Bheki Cele. He was responding to an EFF Parliamentary question in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). Minister Cele says 13 192 verified counts of domestic violence were reported[…]
Western Cape police are non-compliant with the Domestic Violence Act (DVA), the province’s MEC for community safety (DoCs), Albert Fritz, said on Monday. “The DoCS has concluded the census project, monitoring the level of compliance of 150 police stations in the province with the Domestic Violence Act (DVA) 116 of[…]
With August being Women’s Month, and considering the appalling figures of domestic violence, it is fitting that we highlight the plight of many women in South African society. Every year in August, South Africa celebrates Women’s Month and intensifies campaigns around women’s rights. Yet, despite the consistent focus on the[…]
A third party is legally entitled to lay an assault charge on behalf of a victim, depending on the circumstances and context. That’s according to criminal law expert James Grant, as he unpacked the legalities around the Domestic Violence Act. Grant was responding to the public outcry around the alleged[…]
The death sentence of a Sudanese teen convicted for killing her husband she alleges was trying to rape her was overturned on Tuesday, her lawyer said. Since being sentenced to death by hanging last month, the case of Noura Hussein, 19, has garnered international attention. Campaigners have gathered round her[…]
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said he is focussing his efforts at ensuring that all gender-based violence crimes are made easier and less traumatic to report to the police. During the launch of a gender-based violence and protection of vulnerable groups indaba on Thursday in Centurion, Mbalula conceded that there are[…]
Authorities say the levels of domestic violence and abuse against the elderly is unacceptably high in South Africa. Wednesday 15th June marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, as elder abuse is not a priority on a very long list of social ills. The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children[…]
A DA mayor in the Western Cape has been accused of domestic violence after he allegedly assaulted his wife during an argument. Police spokesman Captain Malcolm Pojie confirmed that a domestic violence case had been opened at a local police station on Monday night following an altercation at the complainant’s[…]
Social work is a profession that is dedicated to the pursuit of social justice and the well-being of oppressed and marginalized individuals and communities. However there are many challenges that social workers face as a result of trying to conduct their work and bring improvement to the lives of others.[…]
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