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Eastern Cape cops arrest only 195 out of 35 212 warrants issued for domestic abuse

Sep 7, 2017
Eastern Cape cops arrest only 195 out of 35 212 warrants issued for domestic abuse

Only 0.55% arrests were carried out by Eastern Cape police out of the 35 212 warrants that were issued for domestic abuse in terms of the Domestic Violence Act (DVA) in the last two years. Nationally, the police failed to make a startling 223 306 arrests.

This is according to a reply to a Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Question.

"Only 1 624 arrests were made, out of 224 930 warrants for arrest for domestic abuse.

"The police therefore arrested less than 1% of people that committed any form of domestic abuse," said the Zakhele Mbhele MP - DA Shadow Minister of Police.

"This is appalling given the very high levels of violence against women in our country."

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

 

Total

 

Warrants

Executed

%

Eastern Cape

35 212

195

0.55%

 

  

Free State

14 294

147

1.03%

 

  

Gauteng

62 593

227

0.36%

 

  

KwaZulu-Natal

30 663

128

0.42%

 

  

Limpopo

24 147

67

0.28%

 

  

Mpumalanga

11 145

56

0.50%

 

  

North West

11 948

116

0.97%

 

  

Northern Cape

2325

64

2.75%

 

  

Western Cape

32 603

624

1.91%

 

 

Mabhele said that policing services are a national competency, so the Minister himself (fikile Mbalula) must take responsibility for this failure, because the figures are equally terrible in all of the nine provinces that he oversees.

"In Gauteng, of 62 593 warrants for domestic abuse, only 227 people received the protection they so desperately need.

"That means that only 0.36% of those warrants were carried out by the police in the province with the highest rate of crime in South Africa," he said.

"The DVA monitoring report, between October 2016 to March 2017, presented by the Civilian Secretariat for Police (CSP) to Parliament’s Police Portfolio Committee today is therefore mind boggling.

"The presentation revealed that during that period in Gauteng alone, only 6 reports of non-compliance by SAPS and only 6 disciplinary hearings were initiated despite the high number of arrests not made. Of the 11 stations visited in Gauteng and 234 nationally by the CSP, none of them were fully compliant with the DVA."

Mabhele said that the SAPS clearly seem to be "making the exceptionally high rate of violence against women worse and continue to fail to keep our people safe".

"Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, must account for this colossal failure by the police that has only given the women of our country more reason to go on living in fear."