Cele: More than 21,000 domestic violence cases reported this year
Throughout this year to date, more than 21,000 cases of domestic violence have been reported.
Bheki Cele, police minister made it known that specialised police units have been mobilised with enough resources to tackle with these crimes and to improve the rate of convictions.
“In our response to the gender-based violence femicide, the police are making progress in resourcing specialised units that deal with GBVF cases with both funding and human capital,” he said.
“We have the family violence and child protection sexual offences unit that has trained specialists to investigate gender-based violence issues.”
“The FCS had made significant strides in securing justice for victims and its detectives continue to put watertight cases that secure multiple life sentences for GBVF related cases.”
Cele also mentioned that since the beginning of April 2020 to date, the number of domestic violence cases reported were 21,203 with 14,777 suspects charged.
“The first six months of this year saw 217 life sentences handed down to 151 accused from 200 dockets of domestic violence.”
“While the FCS continues to be beefed up with more officers to handle the workload, officers within the unit and officers at stations continue to receive specialised sensitivity training in order to provide a professional service to victims.”
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