Cops stand tough against gen­der-based vi­o­lence

Vuk'uzenzele - - General -

DED­I­CATED PO­LICE of­fi­cers are com­mit­ted to cur­tail­ing South Africa’s un­ac­cept­ably high rate of rape, child abuse, pornog­ra­phy and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The South African Po­lice Ser­vice’s Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences (FCS) units are mak­ing in­roads in pro­tect­ing the vul­ner­a­ble.

The units are found coun­try­wide.

Ded­i­cated FCS mem­bers go be­yond the call of duty to en­sure that sur­vivors are treated with the ut­most care to avoid sec­ondary vic­tim­i­sa­tion.

Be­tween, 1 Jan­uary and 30 June 2018, the divi­sion recorded a siz­able num­ber of con­vic­tions and lengthy sen­tences for crimes against women and chil­dren, in­clud­ing mur­der, rape and child pornog­ra­phy. Two-hun­dred-and-seven­teen life sen­tences and a com­bined 11 800 years of im­pris­on­ment re­sulted from 1 385 cases.

The most no­table con­vic­tions took place in the North West and the Western Cape.

In May 2018, the court in Brits sen­tenced a 47-year-old man to eight life sen­tences for rap­ing three chil­dren aged 9, 10 and 11. One of the vic­tims is his niece, who fell preg­nant.

The Western Cape in­ci­dent was fi­nalised at the Bel­lville court.

The FCS’s cy­ber-crimes unit in­ves­ti­gated a case of pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy, which led to an ac­cused be­ing charged with three counts of rape, four of sex­ual as­sault and 12 counts of man­u­fac­tur­ing porn, among other re­lated charges.

He was given to three life sen­tences for rape and 57 years for the other charges. His de­tails have been recorded on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter for Sex Of­fend­ers.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Bheki Cele said these suc­cesses are ev­i­dence that the po­lice are in­deed pri­ori­tis­ing crimes against women and chil­dren.

Na­tional Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Khehla Si­tole called on vic­tims of gen­der-based vi­o­lence to im­me­di­ately re­port in­ci­dents to the near­est po­lice sta­tion or SAPS Crime Stop: 08600 10111.

FCS units will con­tinue to part­ner with other po­lice units to con­duct aware­ness cam­paigns through­out the year. These will be in­ten­si­fied dur­ing Child Pro­tec­tion Week, Women’s Month and the 16 Days of Ac­tivism for No Vi­o­lence Against Women and Chil­dren cam­paign.

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