Protection order violators can be arrested
The Commission for Gender Equality has urged South Africans to report cases of gender-based violence.
Commission Spokesperson Javu Baloyi said if women feel threatened in any way they should report to the police and apply for a protection order.
According to the South African Police Service a protection order will prevent the respondent from committing any specified act of domestic violence or sexual harassment; entering the joint residence or a specific part of the residence; entering the victim’s residence if they are not living together; entering the victim’s place of employment or office and having contact with a child or children if it is in the best interest of the child.
If a respondent contravenes any protection order, he or she can be arrested.