Gauteng commissioner reads riot act to officers ignoring abuse

Gauteng commissioner reads riot act to officers ignoring abuse

Gauteng Police Commissioner Deliwe de Lange says victims of crime, especially women and children, who are not assisted when reporting an incident, should contact her office.

Deliwe de Lange and Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane_jacanews
Photo: Samkelo Maseko

"We are going to drastic steps against those members who are chasing away people or who are not complying with the Domestic Violence Act. We want to make an example, we will get rid of them," says De Lange.

De Lange says senior officers will be after hours and over weekends.

"Most of the crimes are reported after hours or over the weekend when only junior members are on duty," says De Lange.

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De Lange spoke to the media after she and MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane appeared before the Gauteng Provincial Legislature's Portfolio Committee on Community Safety. The meeting was called following a spike in the killing of young women in the province.

Nkosi-Malobane has told the legislature the stigmas around violence against women and children need to be removed.

"People think unemployed, uneducated, dirty men who abuse women. Actually, a big number of men who abuse their wives and girlfriends are professionals," says Nkosi-Malobane.

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