Public urged to report domestic violence

MEC Dan Plato has again urged the public not to turn a blind eye towards gender violence.

MEC Dan Plato has again urged the public not to turn a blind eye towards gender violence. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has again appealed to communities not to turn a blind eye towards crimes committed against women and children.

Plato, who launched the 16 Days of Activism Campaign in Bredasdorp on Saturday, says statistics around the scourge are shocking.

He says the problem appears to be only getting worse.

"Rape cases on weekly basis against women and children are in the region of 85 to 90."

Welfare NGO ACVV's Marelize Vermeulen says people often do not report these crimes.

"What happens behind closed doors stay behind closed doors. We would like to encourage people to speak up and stand up for their rights."

According to statistics, three women are killed by their partners every day in South Africa.