Friday, April 05, 2024

ActionSA march to WC SAPS about the alarming prevalence of GBVF in the region

With a seemingly constant attack on women in the Western Cape, ActionSA marched to the police’s provincial headquarters, on Friday. This comes after the Western Cape was ranked as the ‘least safe province for women in South Africa’.

COURTESY: Action SA


According to a survey by 1st For Women insurance, 37 out of 100 women claim to feel unsafe in the province. The survey highlights perceptions of safety while doing various everyday actions, such as walking alone during the day or night, driving alone, being at home alone, going out with friends and also experiences of being a victim of crime.

ActionSA says they are concerned about the alarming prevalence of Gender-Based Violence & Femicide in the region.

‘’As the Western Cape continues to grapple with an alarming prevalence of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide, we are concerned by reports indicating that GBVF desks at police stations are non-operational. Additionally, last year's revelation by the Department of Police Oversight and Community Safety that over 70 gender-based violence cases were struck off the court roll in just six months, makes clear that our justice system continues to fail women,’’ said Matthew George, ActionSA Western Cape Spokesperson.

‘’ActionSA recognises that the South African Police Service is central in the fight against gender-based violence. However, sadly, while SAPS leadership has proven incapable, innocent women and children are left vulnerable and defenceless,’’ he added.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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