President Jacob Zuma had few days ago made a public pronouncement that all rapist and women abusers must be prosecuted brought to book in South Africa. Hence, the Police minister, Fikile Mbalula has launched a 6-point plan on gender-based violence in Eldorado Park outside Johannesburg.
It provides police officers with guidance on how to handle victims and their cases.
The launch comes as Mbalula faces a stern backlash from the public, who accuse him of failing to ensure the arrest of the Deputy Higher Education Minister, Mduduzi Manana has been charged with assaulting a woman at a Fourways club last weekend.
He was granted R5 000 bail on Thursday by the Randburg Magistrates Court.
Mbalula says he remains committed to fighting the scourge of violence against women and children.
“This is a significant milestone in government’s efforts to bring to end this ongoing scourge against South Africa’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Mbalula.
“This policy combines SAPS with important instructions on how to behave, what to do, how to do it on issues of sexual offences and domestic violence, advancing high quality of service delivery to communities”.