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Mbalula: Women abuse should be treated as serious crime

Fikile Mbalula says minor crimes against women such as being hit or kicked can result in a fatal assault.

FILE: Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says the abuse of women should be treated as a serious crime.

He's encouraged women to report all forms of abuse.

Mbalula says minor crimes against women such as being hit or kicked can result in a fatal assault.

Speaking at a briefing ahead of his budget vote debate in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, Mbalula has announced a shake-up at station level aimed at ensuring women are taken seriously when they report abuse.

“If you can get to a roadblock and if you offer money for papgeld (bribe) you get arrested, and if you get to a roadblock and have cases of women abuse reported, you must also be arrested.”

Over the weekend, the minister said no woman should be turned away from a police station.

Violence against women has been in the spotlight in the wake of the murders of several women and children in the country.