South Africa: Deputy Provincial Commissioner Participates During the Dialogue On Gender Based Violence

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The Deputy Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo responsible for Corporate Services, Major General Christine Moralakadi has this evening, joined the MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Me Mavhugu Lerule-Ramakhanya during the live radio dialogue on gender based violence with the Capricorn FM from their studio in Bendor Surbab within the City of Polokwane.

The dialogue which started at 18:00 and ended at 20:00, was intended to seek solutions based on the rise of the incidents of gender based violence (GBV) and domestic violence across the province.

In her presentation, Major General Morakaladi addressed members of the community on the following issues:

* The crime picture in terms of these crime categories since the start of the Lockdown;

* Flashpoints areas where the GBV is prevalent;

* Role of the police in assisting the victims;

* Available resources in dealing with the scourge;

* The newly implemented District model on Policing;

* Allegations of police suppressing cases, (secondary victimization);

* Process of reporting GBV cases especially in the rural areas.

Meticulously, Major General Moralakadi had a good relay with the MEC on issues regarding incidents of GBV. In conclusion, the status quo on the life pattern guided by culture was challenged by the General. Issues like poor financial support and culture, are the common contributory factors on the gender based violence and domestic violence.

Women are therefore encouraged and advised to report all incidents of these crime categories to the police immediately before they can be harmed or killed. "Blow the whistle whenever you witness or you are a victim of this phenomenon in order to eradicate it indefinitely".

The MEC has outlined in detail the following aspects:

* Intervention strategy;

* Possible causes of GBV killings;

* The involvement of young people;

* Visits and counselling of affected families;

* Concealing of information by families and community members;

* Increase of contact crimes since the lifting of alcohol sales and the impact it has on the GBV related matters;

* The interrelations within government departments in dealing with the scourge;

#Motivational sessions by psychologists

#Survivors of GBV

#Traditional leaders

#Pastors

#Social workers

Tumelo Mmoa, a domestic violence survivor, encouraged the society to speak up against the gender based violence "What I survived might kill you".

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