A video clip showing a woman being violently assaulted by her alleged boyfriend was circulated widely on social media this week, with the public calling on police to take strong action…
However, in a statement on Wednesday, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, says that the woman has opted not to lay charges against the man.
Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, ordered an intensive search by Mpumalanga police to identify the woman. She was eventually found in Kamhlushwa in the Nkomazi area. According to the police report, the incident shown in the viral clip took place earlier this year in February/March, but only reached the public domain over the weekend of 22 August.
When police consulted with the woman, she opted not to open a case as she said the issue had been resolved between the two families.
Don’t protect your partners
General Zuma urged women not to protect their abusive partners as the results are often deadly. “The scourge of Gender-Based-Violence can be described as a national crisis, in which many women have died in the hands of their partners.”
“As the police, we encourage women to report such cases so as to prevent the unnecessary loss of lives as well as ensure that the men who commit such crimes are taken off the streets”
He also urged women to institute protection orders against their partners if they experience any form of abuse.
“The SAPS in Mpumalanga view Gender Based Violence in a serious light and vow to respond immediately when called upon. Women are also encouraged NOT to withdraw cases related to GBV as that might not stop this pandemic. Families are also advised NOT to stop victims of GBV when they opt to take the legal route.”