“Stop treating abusers with children’s gloves,” says KZN Social Development MEC

Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza.

KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza has condemned police officers who negotiate with men suspected of violating the rights of women and children.

Khoza was reacting to police failure to arrest another public official who allegedly assaulted a woman in public view.

It is alleged that a city councilor from one of KZN’s municipalities assaulted a woman, leaving her with a broken left arm and bruises all over her body. The woman is said to be related to the counselor and was pressured by family members not to open a criminal case after the counselor promised her money in exchange for her silence.

Khoza said it was unthinkable that lawkeepers would continue to let perpetrators roam the streets.

“The law is very clear on such cases and it doesn’t matter who you are. A person involved in any form of gender-based violence (GBV) should face the full force of the law. Our country is ravaged by incidents of violence against women and children because of leniency towards the perpetrators, ”she said.

Khoza stressed that a lot of effort has been made by the government to end the scourge of GBV and ensure the protection of women and children.

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“This woman has obvious injuries all over her body and a broken arm. However, a person involved in this inhuman act continues to walk freely. It is very worrying that even the board’s ethics committee failed to act on this issue, ”Khoza added.

She said there were a number of cases of GBV in KZN that are “covered up” as families lobby victims and perpetrators offer payment.

The MEC also dispatched a team of social workers to provide psychological support to the victim and help him initiate criminal proceedings against the alleged perpetrator.

Joel C. Hicks