SA facing national abuse crisis

An association says with increased gender-based violence, SA faces a national crisis.

The Association of Democratic Lawyers says with increased gender-based violence, SA faces a national crisis.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Nadel) says with violence against women and children escalating by the day, the country is facing a national crisis.

Nadel launched the Dullah Omar Project against Gender-based Sexual Violence in Durban on Saturday.

It's an initiative aimed at assisting victims of gender-based violence in the criminal justice system.

The organisation's Krish Govender says, "It's almost a national crisis of the worst kind that we are facing and the world has also identified South Africa as one of the worst case scenarios."

DRUG/SUBSTANCE ABUSE LINKED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana said on Saturday the fight to stop violence against women and children will never be obtained if drug abuse continues to control society.

The minister lashed out at rape perpetrators, saying they deserve the harshest sentences, adding the country has lost its moral compass.

She said despite a drop in these crimes, the brutality in which women and children are being raped and killed is shocking.

"In most of the cases you'll find that the perpetrator was under the influence of liquor or is a drug addict."

In the latest incident a 24-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a six-week-old baby in Kimberley.