ANCWL: Stronger laws needed for stalkers

2011-05-06 10:04
Johannesburg - The system of protection orders and interdicts against perpetrators of gender violence needs to be strengthened, the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) said on Friday.

"The ANCWL will be engaging with the various Parliamentary committees dealing with gender issues to look at strengthening the system of protection orders and interdicts against perpetrators of gender violence to deal specifically with people with obsessive behaviour," said deputy President of the ANCWL, Nosipho Ntwanambi.

She said the ANCWL would also consult with the Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, the police, the Department of Justice and the Commission on Gender Equality.

She was referring to the attacks on two women this week who were allegedly murdered by their "obsessive and jealous" former partners.

Liesel Badenhorst was allegedly murdered by a former boyfriend in front of her 11-month old daughter at their home in Boksburg. Andrea Venter was allegedly murdered by her former boyfriend in Johannesburg after she obtained a protection order against him.

"We want to condemn with utter dismay the senseless and heartless fatal attacks against defenceless women who did everything in their power to escape the abuse and chauvinistic behaviour of their obsessive and violent partners," she said.

"It is very tragic that despite all the measures to curb gender based violence and abuse many safe-houses and shelters are packed with women who fled their abusive partners with their children, who are testifying in court cases involving their abusive partners or face death at the hands of people who regard them as their personal properties."
 

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