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."

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-05-06 10:30

    Agreed! You judge a nation by how it treats women, children and elderly. In South Africa women are under attack from violence and we as men need to stand up and put an end to this ill treatment of our mothers, daughters and sisters. Women you need to do more. Yes the womens movement has nearly died due to commercialisation of this cause, your struggle has only just begun. Dont be fooled that this is issue is confined to the poorer areas. Many middle class families hold very bad secrets. President of the ANCWL, Nosipho Ntwanambi please speak to Zuma. His treatment of women as mere sex objects (you all know of his secrets), taking mulitple partners and fathering so many children do not set a good enough example for young men to follow.

      Gore - 2011-05-06 11:35

      So having more than one wife = women abuse?

  • BakkieB - 2011-05-06 10:35

    Agree, but is there the political will to police this? I doubt it. Bring in more laws that cannot be policed correctly.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-06 10:48

    Your Prez. Zuma is a rapist...Start there !

  • watyasay - 2011-05-06 11:19

    shut up stupid

  • Shatters - 2011-05-06 12:05

    Agreed but stop your other nonsense first .. stalkers are not the biggest problem in SA !!

  • Factual One - 2011-05-06 13:25

    One sickening thing about South African Man is their failure to protect women and themselves. When a man is murdered. This ANCWL or POWA goes into hidding and later expect us to support them when a women is murdered. Murder should be condemned irrrespective of the gender.

  • - 2011-05-06 13:30

    Ag, this ANCWL is just a lot of stinking fat-ass women with nothing better to do and a combined IQ of 10. I wonder if they also get paid with out tax money.

      saabnut - 2011-05-06 13:49

      I think that should read "combined IQ of -10!". They might have achieved a positive figurse had they not enlisted that thieving Madikizel Mandela creature...

      keng - 2011-05-06 14:09

      @saabnut Remember certain cultures always prefer loyalty before honesty

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