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‘Police need to know what to do when women are violated’

A group of marchers at the Booysens police station say it is one of the centres where sexual abuse victims are mishandled and where their cases go unattended.

Women holding candles outside Booysens station -they're demanding police accountability when victims report crimes. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Soweto Womens Forum, the Soul City Institute and a number of other non-governmental organisations have accused police of neglect and a lack of accountability.

The organisations is leading a group of marchers against the abuse of women outside the Booysens police station in the south of Johannesburg.

Marchers say the police station is one of the centres where sexual abuse victims are mishandled and where their cases go unattended.

The Soul City Institute says they hope the march sends a message to the police that they are now being monitored and watched in their behaviour when dealing with gender-based crimes.

The institute’s advocacy manager Matokgo Makutoane says they had a meeting with police on Wednesday.

“We want this to serve as a warning to the police that we are watching [them]. We need police accountability – when women have been violated the police need to know what to do.”

She says more and more women are coming out to report their cases.

“In any police station, there is supposed to be someone trained to deal with gender-based violence.”

Makutoane says they are demanding the taxi industry to be regulated as many rapes have been linked to serial rapists targeting female taxi commuters.