Police march against gender-based violence
In a sea of blue, police officers at the Pretoria rally held up signs reading 'It hurts us as police officers to pick up bodies of women, children and vulnerable groups on a daily basis'.
PRETORIA - More than a thousand police officers marched against gender-based violence in South Africa's capital Pretoria on Monday after a surge in murders and sexual crimes against women.
There has been a rising outcry against sexist violence in the country over the last two months after a series of murders that shocked the public.
#PoliceMinistry Minister of Gen #BhekiCele, Deputy Minister Cassel Mathale and senior management of #SAPS are about to emback on the match against the genger based violence in Pretoria Church Square.#ActAgainstAbuse TM pic.twitter.com/EMTjuoGFOZ— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) October 14, 2019
In a sea of blue, police officers at the Pretoria rally held up signs reading "It hurts us as police officers to pick up bodies of women, children and vulnerable groups on a daily basis".
Acting national police commissioner Bonang Mgwenya told the gathered officers that gender-based violence was in "a dire state of emergency".
"We need an urgent shift that will govern the impact and outcomes of our concerted progressive resolutions," she said.
The hashtag #AmINext started trending in South Africa as more than 30 women were killed last month, among them a student from Cape Town who was raped and killed in a post office.
Police statistics released on the weekend showed that the number of crimes involving sexual offences jumped 4.6% from April 2018 to March 2019, compared with the same period the previous financial year.
Sexual offences detected as a result of police action - instead of women reporting the crime - rose 19%, the statistics said.
#SAPS male officers take to the streets of Pretoria mobilising against #GBV. They are heading to the Sunnyside Police station, this is where Police Minister Bheki Cele & Cassel Mathale & Police management will assess the Sunnyside Police Stations Victim friendly facilities. pic.twitter.com/mZ6KZpsjpR— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) October 14, 2019
President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has said South Africa is "the most unsafe places in the world to be a woman" has announced an emergency plan to stop the surge in violence against women.