South Africa: Police Under Fire for Response to Gender-Based Violence


While the Commission for Gender Equality was forced to bar another non-compliant department from appearing at its Public Investigative Hearings, it did not pass up on its shot with the SAPS, tucking into the service's ineffective approach to assisting shelters in South Africa.

On Thursday 5 December 2019, a fierce panel of commissioners narrowed in on the "systemic fault lines" embedded in the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the need for the service to tailor-make training programmes to produce police members who are qualified in their understanding of violence against women and children and fully equipped to support victims of abuse.

This was the focus during the fourth day of the Commission for Gender Equality's (CGE) Public Investigative Hearings (PIH) into the dire state of shelters across the country and Thursday provided a stage for the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, SAPS and the Department of Human Settlements to tell the commission exactly how they were addressing this issue.

But with the absence of an official authorised to lead Public Works, the department was sent packing, a departure that mimicked the events that unfolded the previous day, which saw the North West and KwaZulu-Natal departments of social development...

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