Police Minister Bheki Cele has called upon the Western Cape SAPS to address residents’ complaints and intervene in response to gender based violence in Langa.
During a community gathering in the Cape Town township over the weekend, Langa residents alleged that South African Police Service officers turned away from victims of gender based violence. There were also claims that resources haven’t been adequately deployed when investigating other crimes.
Cele has responded to these complaints by questioning the commitment of leaders in the SAPS to reducing incidents of gender based violence (GBV).
“The police station at one stage had leadership, where is that leadership?” he asked, according to Eye Witness News.
He assured residents that he will be meeting with the provincial management to address the problem.
“I want us to sit down with the management and the provincial management and find out why people are calling your predecessor when you are there,” he added.
Earlier reports from TimesLIVE have revealed that there were more than 120,000 victims of GBV in the first three weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown and that, by mid-April, the government gender based violence and femicide command centre was receiving between 500 and 1,000 calls a day.
Vodacom’s support call centres saw a 65% increase in calls “from women and children confined in their homes seeking urgent help” after lockdown began.
More than 2,700 South African women and 1,000 children were killed last year, according to police figures.