For immediate Release: 17 January 2018
To: Editors, Producers and Reporters
Gender Commission shocked at the assault of a gender activist
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is shocked at the alleged assault of a gender activist, Pamela Mabini who has been leading marches against sex assault-accused Pastor Tim Omotoso, The Commission condemns the alleged assault by Jongisizwe Mali that has left Ms Mabini with serious injuries. The Commission is also saddened by the allegations that she was assaulted or attacked for her stance against the sexual and physical violence that is directed to vulnerable women and children.
The Commission is calling for those who witnessed the alleged incident to cooperate or better still volunteer information with the police since a case of grievous bodily harm (assault GBH) has been opened. In this endeavour, they will not only be supporting Ms Mabini but all survivors or victims of gender based violence who at times are left alone to face the ordeal of being assaulted or attacked.
The Commission is also calling upon the South African Police Services to conclude the investigation speedily and to ensure that the perpetrator is punished if the allegations are true, including paying for the damages of Ms Mabini’s cellphone that got broken during the alleged assault. The alleged attacker should be given the maximum sentence for such a crime as a lesson to many who would be prone to assault or threaten gender activists or any women and persons for exercising their constitutional rights. Ms Mabini should be applauded for spearheading and leading the voices against one of the serious crimes that is committed against humanity on a daily basis, not attacked.
The Commission will be monitoring the case to ensure that justice for both the alleged perpetrator and the victim is served.
We urge members of the public who have knowledge of and information on acts of gender based violence and abuse to call our Toll-Free Number 0800 007 709 to report such cases.
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
Date: 17 January 2018
Contact Person: Javu Baloyi
Tel: 083 579 3306
The Commission for Gender Equality
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