Dawn welcomes R2 million payout for Avril Gordon

JULY 15, 2015

The Democratic Alliance's Dawn (DA Women’s Network) on Wednesday said that it was thrilled that Flight Sergeant Frederick Gordon, who was found guilty in 2013 of brutally assaulting his wife Avril and holding her captive in their Forest Hill flat, must pay her R2 million.

"Dawn supported Avril. We appealed through the EP Herald for linen, clothing, sleepwear and cosmetics because at the time of her rescue Avril had neither possessions nor dignity. Freddy took both!" said Celeste Barker, Dawn Eastern Cape provincial chairperson, in a statement. 

She said that Dawn received bags and bags of goods and clothes for Avril.

"Cash too was donated and spent on Avril’s transport, accommodation and rehabilitation.

"Many, many thanks to the Herald and its readers for opening your hearts and purses to a victim of severe gender based violence."

Barker said that Dawn showcased the DA values of freedom, fairness and opportunity for Avril.

"We pledge to continue to do so as we monitor the Panayiotou case and raise awareness of increased femicide in South Africa.

"Three daily deaths of women at the hands of their intimate male partners are too much!"she added.

"Enough is enough!  Kwanele Nyani!"


Image: Freddie Gordon. Network24