Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters
11 October 2018
Commission for Gender Equality’s response to the petrol bombing of a house in Mahwelereng, Limpopo
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is appalled at the petrol bombing of a house in Mahwelereng in Limpopo in an apparent domestic violence dispute. It is reported that three people have died in the incident, with one person currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to the severity of the injuries sustained.
The CGE is heartened by the efforts of MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Ms Makoma Makhurupetje and the MEC for Health, Ms Phophi Ramathuba for their swift actions in assisting the family and trying their utmost best in ensuring that the family gets the best assistance and care.
The Commission has been working closely with MEC Ramathuba and the family of the victims in ensuring that Psycho-social services and reasonable accommodation is provided to the family.
The Commission is also pleased that MEC Makhurupetje has instructed the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to take immediate action against police officers who allegedly failed the victims in this particular case. According to the victim, the alleged perpetrator was released from SAPS custody, despite previous domestic violence orders being obtained by the victim.
It is also reassuring that both MECs Makhurupetje and Ramathuba want justice to be done and have called on the SAPS in the area to work with the community and the Community Police Forum (CPF) to ensure that the alleged perpetrator that is known to the community is arrested as speedily as possible.
The CGE has also received numerous complaints by burn victims about their plight when it comes to reporting such cases. Majority of the complainants spoken to the CGE point the lack of collusion between the alleged perpetrators and the police, lack of sympathy and empathy from the health practitioners, families also playing the role of counsellors even in situations only can be best handled by suitable or qualified people. This they alleged have discouraged them to lodged complaints hence wanting the CGE to assist them in ensuring that the receive justice.
The CGE will use its powers as empowered by the CGE Act 39 of 1996 as Amended, Section 11(1) e and a to investigate any gender-related issues of its own accord or on receipt of a complaint, and shall endeavour to resolve any dispute; or rectify any act or omission. The CGE will also monitor and evaluate any gender related case. The CGE will continue to monitor and work closely with the relevant authorities in ensuring that justice prevails.
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
Date: 11 October 2018
Contact Person: Javu Baloyi
Tel: 083 579 3306
The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.Tags: CGE, petrol bombing