Mbalula’s plan for women

2017-05-30 06:01
Police minister Fikile Mbalula speaking to the press at parliament. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

Police minister Fikile Mbalula speaking to the press at parliament. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

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As domestic violence cases continue to plague Cape Town communities, police minister Fikile Mbalula has announced a grand plan to ensure that no women is turned away.

Speaking to the press in parliament last week ahead of the budget vote, Mbalula said over the next two weeks, meetings will be held with cluster commanders across the country. He spoke about the experiences of abused women when reporting cases and the high number of cases opened against spouses and partners which are later withdrawn.

Mbalula believes many of the victims who go to the stations are not adequately briefed about what their rights are and how the abuse is categorise and the possible criminal charges. “No woman must be turned away when reporting abuse.”

He said he would speak to cluster commanders about the introduction of a domestic violence unit at each police station and at least one officer who specialises in domestic violence cases to be present on every shift. He also explained this office would be responsible for properly consulting with victims on what their rights are.

According to his statement, the police budget stands at R87bn and the department has adopted a theme for the allocation thereof: “Society under siege – mobilising communities to action”. He adds that crime has become the biggest threat to freedoms and issued a stern warning to corrupt cops.

“The police have no business being associated with criminals, we need to be hard on criminals. We must inspire confidence in our people, they must trust that police are their biggest ally.”

Mbalula said over the next year, he will focus on policies aimed at improving the detective service and the investigation and management of serial rape and murder cases. In addition, they will focus on driving street committees and the ministry is currently reviewing the Community Police Forum Policy.

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