By Tsakani Mathebula
LULEKANI – Gender-based violence (GBV) is a profound and widespread problem in South Africa, impacting almost every aspect of life. GBV which disproportionately affects women and girls is systemic and deeply entrenched in institutions, cultures, and traditions in South Africa.
Lulekani police in conjunction with the Khumbekani Victim Empowerment Program, Department of Correctional Services, Polokwane Management area is on a mission to nullify the continuous cases of gender-based violence against vulnerable groups.
This came after the Gender-Based Violence awareness campaign hosted on September 10, at the Humulani area. The main aim of the campaign was to empower the community about the continuous incidents of GBV which claim a multitude of innocent lives.
Speaking at the event, Sergeant Cynthia Nomvela, discussing certain topics related to GBV. She explained that women should not try to hide their abusers but report them to the police for rapid assistance.
“The police together with all stakeholders are on a mission to ensure that Gender-Based Violence criminals are eradicated from the Community and those criminals freedom comes to an end therefore, the community should make sure such abusers are reported,” Nomvela said.
Furthermore, victims should not be ashamed to report GBV incidents as their matter shall be dealt with accordingly and in a highly dignified manner where their matter is treated in a confidential manner.
“Various Departments, NGOs and Community are also playing a serious role by assisting the police in this outrage; therefore community who are still left behind in this moving train should join in,” she added.
In conclusion, she said, community members should report these cases immediately without any hesitation so that they should get the best assistance which they deserve.