More must be done to fight violence against women, says minister

Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said she was alarmed by the murder of well-known female boxer Leighandre Jegels.

Leighandre Jegels. Picture: @ArtsCultureSA/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said she was alarmed by the murder of well-known female boxer Leighandre Jegels.

She was shot dead last Friday and her mother was wounded in East London.

A policeman, attached to the tactical reaction unit, has been arrested.

He’s expected in court on Monday. Police watchdog Ipid is probing the shooting.

In a statement, Nkoana-Mashabane said Jegels had made claims of domestic violence against the man.

She and the suspect lived together until the boxer obtained a protection order against him.

Jegels had been training for her return to the ring in a junior boxing bantamweight fight next month.

The minister said more needed to be done to change the mentality that leads to violence against women.