GBV Monitor SA notes the recent South African Crime Statistics Third Quarter Report released by Minister Bheki Cele. The publishing of the data demonstrates a commitment to transparency by the ministry and the South African Police Services to inform and engage our public discourse. We commend this accountability measure. According to the report, 11 315 […]
Gender based violence refers to any physical, emotional, financial, and psychological harm perpetrated against an individual because of their gender. This violence usually favours men whose position in society enables them to exploit vulnerable people (women, children and LGBTQIA persons) based on embedded heteropatriarchal power dynamics. The South African Police Service official crime statistics documents 12 200 women who have been raped between October and December 2020. Added to this devastating reality is the high attrition rate within the criminal justice system, which frustrates any prospect for successful prosecution of perpetrators. While GBV has received local and international attention in recent years, the systems that are currently in place are failing to reduce the high prevalence rates in our communities.