With just a few days to the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, the police are appealing to communities to report any cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and child abuse.
The call also comes just a day after the Galeshewe Regional Court sentenced a 26-year-old man to ten years imprisonment after he was found guilty of attempted murder of his six-year-old son. Police spokesperson, Dimakatso Mooi, says earlier this year, on January 16, the police received a complaint of child abuse from a concerned community member and upon investigation, the child was found with multiple injuries on his back, neck and face. The 26-year-old father had assaulted the child with a belt and choked him with a chain.
Mooi says the mother of the child admitted to the beatings and confirmed to have also been a victim.
The accused was then arrested and on Friday officially sentenced to imprisonment. Provincial Head for the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit in Northern Cape, Nicky Mills, has applauded the investigating officer and thanked community members for their support in the fight against crime.
The call for Northern Cape communities to report cases of abuse against women and children comes as the country prepares for the 2020 16 Days of Activism Campaign held from 25 November to 10 December every year.