Public Protector calls for quicker GBV prosecutions

Public Protector calls for quicker GBV prosecutions

South Africa needs to see quicker prosecutions in cases involving gender-based violence.

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That is the view of Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane. She has been commenting on the spate of crimes committed against women and children across the country in recent weeks.

Mkhwebane is currently in KwaZulu-Natal.

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She is due to meet with the Executive at the Provincial Legislature today.  

Mkhwebane's schedule then takes her to the Mpophomeni area outside Howick in the Midlands tomorrow.

Her programme in Mpophomeni includes a road show where communities can meet with the Public Protector's Office and learn more about the services it offers to ordinary South Africans.

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She says the road shows are important to raise awareness around the work the office does and how people can access it.

When asked about the current gender-based violence crisis in the country, Mkhwebane said more rigorous action is needed.

"We should be having programmes on TV, reflecting and showing these issues so that society at large can commit to deal with this matter," said Mkhwebane.

"It hurts to see what other families are going through."

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She said the situation in the country right now is difficult for women and children.

"It is devastating. Being a mother of a 19-year-old, it hurts. It is disempowering and you feel helpless. As a women, I believe the State is not doing much."

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