Police Minister Bheki Cele has revealed that a number of locations in South Africa have been identified as ‘GBV hotspots’ – showing where the most incidents of gender-based violence are occurring throughout the country.
Bheki Cele tackles gender-based violence
Cele made the announcement during a media briefing on Tuesday, where Level 1 regulations relating to law and order were further outlined. The top cop spoke a little more about curfew and his favourite topic, alcohol, while reminding South Africans that a lockdown was still in place – and compliance remains key in the fight against COVID-19.
The minister himself is seen at the first line of attack against the scourge of GBV – even if his credentials have come into question this year. Cele has made controversial remarks about rape and domestic abuse since the beginning of lockdown, and although he hasn’t faced any disciplinary action from his own party, critics have given the ANC representative a rough ride.
Where are the ‘GBV hotspots’ in South Africa?
However, Bheki Cele is adamant that he and his department are well placed to eradicate GBV from our society. He presented the list of hotspots earlier on Tuesday afternoon, listing the following places:
Fighting GBV in SA
It’s been 12 months since a spate of high profile murders – including the killings of Uyinene Mrwetyana – pushed the GBV debate into overdrive. Thousands took to the street demanding justice for women who had been slain at the hands of their partners. A slew of new laws and amendments have been rushed into Parliament, but more still has to change.
Gender-based violence is an epidemic that was here long before COVID-19, and it is likely to outlast it. Any efforts to stop men from brutalising women must have long-lasting consequences that ultimate make every citizen of South Africa feel safe enough to merely exist.