Tough GBV crackdown looms
Lamola says the Cabinet is preparing to give go-ahead for new laws against scourge to be fast-tracked
JUSTICE and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says they are working on a set of laws to crack down on gender-based violence with the Cabinet expected to fast-track these laws.
This follows the rampant increase in gender-based violence (GBV) cases during the lockdown.
Ministers in the security cluster were yesterday answering questions in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on fighting crime in the country.
Lamola said they had proposed a number of laws that will be fasttracked after approval by the Cabinet and sent to the national legislature.
Parliament was involved in a debate two weeks ago when the official opposition questioned the statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that the national legislature had not yet approved these laws.
But Speaker Thandi Modise intervened and the government said the laws were still being processed at Cabinet level before being referred to Parliament.
Lamola told the NCOP the Cabinet was still consulting on the bills to fight gender-based violence in the country.
The question on GBV came at the time the National Assembly was dealing with the matter yesterday.
MPs have raised concern about the spike in cases during the lockdown.
The introduction of new laws is meant to tighten measures against the scourge.
Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele said there have been 49 cases of police brutality that are being investigated since the lockdown began.
He said they had concluded investigations into 36 of the cases.
During the lockdown police had arrested 267 000 people for violating lockdown regulations, he said.
Eight officers had been killed during this period.
Cele said despite the cases of police brutality the officers were often reminded of the new dispensation.
“Police are forever reminded that they are policing under the Constitution
and human rights (laws),” he said.
“I have said since the lockdown began we have lost eight members of the police who have been shot dead,” said Cele.
But cases of police brutality would be investigated, he said.
Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the murder of Collins Khosa of Alexandra by the army was a subject of three investigations.
She said they had to wait for the investigations by the Military Ombud, the Board of Inquiry and the SAPS.
She said once the investigations had been concluded they would make the findings public.
The army has already acted in line with the court order to suspend officers implicated in Khosa’s murder.
But they were now waiting for the report by the three bodies, which would be released in due course.
A PROTEST against gender-based violence took place outside Parliament yesterday. It was attended by a large group of mostly women, wearing black and holding placards denouncing violence against women.
JUSTICE and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says they are working on a set of laws to crack down on gender-based violence. |