EDITORIAL | When will the law stop failing GBV victims?
Besides the judiciary, police have an important role to play in protecting victims of gender based violence
Several years ago at the Johannesburg Correctional Services Centre (Sun City), a female prisoner detailed how she had killed her alleged abusive husband who at the time was the bodyguard of the then-police minister, Fikile Mbalula.
She spoke about how on numerous occasions she had tried to get him arrested for beating her, but over and over again was sent back home to “resolve her family issues”, which police were reluctant to meddle in. On other occasions, she was told they couldn’t arrest him without “following proper procedure”.
She eventually shot him dead with his own gun on a night when he had again tried to assault her...