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Mbalula urges police to be tactful when dealing with abuse cases

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has appealed to officers to be cautious when dealing with the withdrawal of cases, especially by victims of abuse.

FILE: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has appealed to officers to be cautious when dealing with the withdrawal of cases, especially by victims of abuse.

Mbalula was briefing staff at the Alexandra Police Station after two siblings were shot and killed in their house on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Tumi and 23-year-old Tshepo Sefola were murdered by Tumi’s lover.

It’s understood she had opened a case of abuse against him and got a protection order but later withdrew them.

Mbalula says that police need to be tactful when dealing with women who claim to be victims of abuse and then later want to withdraw the cases.

He says police should not be quick to withdraw.

“If we’d have justified the call by that woman or anybody, that you have been violated, so we’re going ahead, probably we could have preserved a life.”

Mbalula says it's also important for communities to play a supportive role.

“Even yourself, wherever you are, judge for yourself. Somebody who beat you up every day, somebody who treats you as a property, walk away.”

He says in spite, of this unfortunate event and other femicides in the province, he is still positive that Gauteng will be able to cut crime by 50% in the next two years.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)