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Plato: Gender-based violence difficult to police

There has been a surge in reported violence against women and children, with at least 24 children being murdered since the beginning of the year.

FILE: Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says that 80% of gender-based violence is committed by someone close to the victim, making it difficult to police the issue.

Plato was part of the Democratic Alliance Women’s Network dialogue on the issue in Nyanga over the weekend.

There has been a surge in reported violence against women and children, with at least 24 children being murdered since the beginning of the year.

Plato adds that they are addressing complaints from women over the lack of support for victims.

"For instance, I had to write a letter to the provincial commissioner after complaints that women were told to come back to police stations the next day. No, when it comes to women and children there needs to be immediate assistance."

His department has established community task forces who will do door-to-door visits where women and children have been the victims of abuse.

Plato says this is aimed to address in-house violence.

"Looking at current court cases, killers are often known to family members, such as a mother’s boyfriend who takes his wrath out on the children. This is not easy to police."

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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