For immediate Release: 05 February 2018
To: Editors, Producers and Reporters
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is shocked at the merciless beating of a helpless woman protestor at today’s march at Luthuli House. In a video that has gone viral a woman is seen being brutally beaten by a man wearing an African National Congress (ANC) t-shirt. The Commission is also shocked that nobody came to the assistance of a powerless and helpless woman who was being assaulted even whilst lying on the ground.
The CGE is equally worried that there was lack of police action to either stop the beating or apprehend the perpetrator of this heinous crime. The beating clearly shows we are a society that has normalized violence against the most vulnerable people of our society in this case a defenceless woman. In the year 2016 alone, a staggering 182 933 cases of assault were reported.
The CGE calls upon the South African Police Services (SAPS) to speedily arrest the perpetrator of such cruelty. We are also appealing to the African National Congress (ANC) to identify the culprit and if he belongs to their movement he must also be dealt with through their internal processes. It will therefore clearly show that the ANC does not condone gender based violence and members who act in the manner in which the one in the video did will be dealt with harshly.
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: 05 February 2018
Contact Person: Javu Baloyi
Tel: 083 579 3306
The Commission for Gender Equality
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.