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sapsSunday Independent highlights the plight of Elizabeth Mine, who can’t find peace and closure ever since her daughter’s death because her murder has allegedly “never been investigated” by the police.  

The 55-year-old constantly asks herself what happened to her daughter.  Mumsie Mine’s body was found in the veld last year near an informal settlement in Brakpan after she was reported missing.  According to Mine, an abusive man known to the family was responsible for Mumsie’s murder.  But, the police did not respond to questions about the case.  More than 87,000 cases of gender-based violence (GBV) were received by the police in the last year.  During the first week of the Covid-19 lockdown in March, police recorded 2,300 complaints of GBV, while the femicide command centre recorded more than 120,000 calls.  Brian Sithole of One Strong Voice Foundation said femicide and GBV became a new pandemic in 2020 because police were not informed on how to deal with such cases.  “Even though the president (Cyril Ramaphosa) has given gender-based violence a priority, the person (police) who is dealing with it on the ground is not in par.  They need to be taken to school to understand how to deal with matters on gender-based violence,” he claimed.  Mbuyiselo Botha of the SA Commission for Gender Equality said one of the major reasons why the country was not able to deal with gender-based violence and femicide was reluctance to do so on the part of some sectors of the police.  “Women must have confidence in how police do their detective work so that there’s confidence by survivors and victims that arrests would be made,” Botha pointed out.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Manyane Manyane at Sunday Independent

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