Sunday, October 28, 2007

60% of police stations fail to comply with Domestic Violence Act

By Henry Booysen
28 October 2007

The Democratic alliance will express its disappointment to the National Portfolio Committee after it was revealed that 60% of the country’s national police stations do not comply with the domestic violence act.

According to a press statement released by the Democratic Alliance the statistics of police stations that do not comply are 106 stations out of an average of 138, with the North West province with a staggering 100% of police stations not complying .

“Someone needs to be held accountable for this failure to deliver and that is National Police Commissioner, Jackie Selebi, and his provincial counterparts,” says DA spokesperson Marike Groenewald.

The DA believes that is a great concern that police stations are issuing gun licenses while there are missing or incomplete Domestic Violence Registers that can reveal possible domestic abuse by applicants.

“The DA will be writing to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committer to request that Selebi and his provincial counterparts explain why the police stations fail to comply with the act which was introduced nine years ago,” says Groenewald


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