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‘If cops don’t take violence against women seriously, we’ll lose ...

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‘If cops don’t take violence against women seriously, we’ll lose this war’

GBV experts weigh in after a woman was murdered just after her boyfriend was released on bail for threatening her

Senior journalist

The Limpopo case in which a man arrested for threatening to shoot his girlfriend was released within hours and went on to murder her is a clear indication police are failing to deal with gender-based violence (GBV).

Experts contacted for comment on the matter agree the horrific incident demonstrates how women are let down. Police are not dealing with domestic violence as a serious priority and this “opens up every reason for hopelessness in the system”.

“There are so many things to question. Where does faith lie among so much negligence and failure that resulted in a rampant maniac being let loose to kill the person who came to ask for help?” said Lesley Ann van Selm, founder and MD of Khulisa Social Solutions...

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