The increasing incidents of gender violence in which women and children are being assaulted or murdered nationwide are a worrying issue that the entire community must fight with the police, Bheki Cele, police minister, said on Saturday afternoon.
Cele believes alcohol – which has been legally resold at Level 3 of the state of restriction since June 1 – plays a major role in escalating incidents of sexual violence.
Cele said this on Saturday afternoon when he visited the Gauteng police management in Soweto, Johannesburg, to see how residents complied with the Level 3 regulations.
He was interviewed by journalists about the recent high-profile incidents of sexual violence nationwide.
According to Cele, a suspect has since been arrested for the murder of a young woman whose body was found Friday in Dobsonville, Soweto.
“With regard to the murder of Tshegofatso Pule, no one has been arrested yet. We have an idea who we’re looking for in connection with that and the person will be arrested soon. “
According to Cele, another woman, Naledi Phangindawo, was killed in the Western Cape. “The ex-boyfriend surrendered to the police.
“We are also investigating the murder of a mother, 27, and her child, who was also murdered in the Western Cape.”
Cele added that there was another case in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, “where the case was withdrawn. That case was given to the provincial commissioner today to investigate further because there were allegations that the police did not investigate it properly. “
According to Cele, all provincial police commissioners were instructed to investigate all incidents of sexual violence very seriously and thoroughly.
He added that he had repeatedly said that families should play a greater role in preventing gender violence.
“For example, when looking at the young girls who were recently murdered, they were either uploaded to their home or to their friends by people they knew.
“If the perpetrators are known to the families, they allow the victims to go with them. This should allow families to play an additional role in the fight against gender violence. ”
According to Cele, sexual violence must be one of the crimes where it must be made the most difficult for offenders to obtain bail.
“However, we also call on the police, and especially the units investigating it, to investigate such matters thoroughly so that we have waterproof cases to stop such offenders in prison for a very long time.
“And the president has said that parole should not even be granted parole.”
According to Cele, violent crimes started to increase again since June 1 when level 3 was moved.
“We have also seen the figures for murder, attempted murder and abuse, which include gender violence. I can definitely say that it has to do with the abuse of alcohol.
“I do not want to go into the debate on the ban on alcohol right now, but it is one of the things we will have to look into in the future.”
* During his visit, Cele also said that 1,685 police officers nationwide have so far contracted Covid-19. Of these, 1 034 were in the Western Cape. 14 police officers were killed.