Commission for Gender Equality wants justice system to speed up GBV cases

This follows the 25-year prison sentence handed down to an East London man convicted of the August murder of his girlfriend, Fort Hare University student Nosicelo Mtebeni.

A police vehicle is covered with placards during an anti-gender-based violence protest in front of Parliament in Cape Town on 29 August 2020. Picture: Courtney Savage

CAPE TOWN - The Commission for Gender Equality wants criminal justice system to speed up all gender-based violence cases that have stalled.

This follows the 25-year prison sentence handed down to an East London man convicted of the August murder of his girlfriend, Fort Hare University student Nosicelo Mtebeni.

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The commission said the speed with which prosecutors and courts conducted the Mtebeni murder case was a model that should be applied to all gender-based violence cases.

It said South Africa was experiencing unprecedented levels of violence against women and girls and this called for aggressive and a speedy resolution of police investigations and court cases.

Government has committed to the global sustainable development goals that ambitiously aims to end gender-based violence by 2030.

But the commission said South Africa would likely miss this target.