Cops not serious about domestic violence

IPID says police officers were not implementing the Domestic Violence Act.

Parliament

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate on Wednesday said many police officers were not implementing the Domestic Violence Act.

Yesterday it briefed Parliament's Select Committee on women, children and persons with disabilities.

Committee chairperson Peace Mabe said the report was disappointing as statistics dated back two years.

"The information is quite out dated. Its 2010 information and we're in 2012. We would have expected them to give us at least the latest information."

The report showed that out of 177 police stations audited between January and June 2010, only 12 were complying with the Domestic Violence Act.

Mabe said the Act must be implemented as it provided greater protection for domestic violence victims.

"We still feel that the police are not taking the Domestic Violence Act as seriously as expected. We'll try and put more pressure on them to devise strategies that will enable all police officers to comply with the Act."

In terms of the 1998 Act, police officers must open a docket and refer the matter to the NPA, search and seize firearms and inform victims on where and how to obtain protection orders, amongst others.