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.

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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.”

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GBV Command Centre Contact the 24-hour Gender Based Violence Command Centre toll-free number 0800 428 428 to report abuse
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Legal Aid South Africa Call the toll-free Legal Aid Advice Line 0800110 110 for free legal aid if you cannot afford one
Commission for Gender Equality Report Gender Discrimination and Abuse: 0800 007 709
South African Human Rights Commission Call 011 877 3600 to lodge a complaint about human rights violations.
Domestic violence Helpline Stop Women Abuse: 0800 150 150
AIDS Helpline 0800 012 322
The Warrior Project FREE legal helpline for victims of domestic abuse: 0860 333 353
People Opposed to Woman Abuse(Powa) http://www.powa.co.za, Tel: 011 642 4345
Child Welfare South Africa http://childwelfaresa.org.za/, Tel: 074 080 8315
Childline South Africa http://www.childlinesa.org.za/, Tel: 0800 055 555
Families South Africa (Famsa) http://www.famsaorg.mzansiitsolutions.co.za/, Tel: 011 975 7106/7
Tears Foundation http://www.tears.co.za/, Free SMS helpline: *134*7355#, Tel: 010 590 5920
The Trauma Centre http://www.trauma.org.za/, Tel: 021 465 7373
Thuthuzela Care Centres http://isssasa.org.za/