Police Minister wants femicide made special category crime

Mbalula spelled out a six-point plan of action being communicated to all police stations aimed at ensuring better treatment of complainants.

FILE: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula addresses a police imbizo. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says government is considering making acts of violence against women and children special category crimes.

Mbalula was speaking during a snap debate in Parliament on Thursday.

He spelled out a six-point plan of action being communicated to all police stations aimed at ensuring better treatment of complainants.

“We will ensure female victims receive the legal, social and psychological help they need and that police and court processes be made as tolerable as possible.”

Mbalula says rape victims should not suffer secondary trauma and domestic violence complaints should be taken very seriously.

“Our office will work with our counterparts to urgently evaluate the viability of having femicide and all domestic violence made special category crime. An assault on a woman must carry a heavier sentence than just a common assault.”

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)