by Safiyia Stanfley – Federal Deputy Leader of the Democratic Alliance Women’s Network
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Date: 10 June 2018
The Democratic Alliance Women’s Network in the Northern Cape welcomes the decision by the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Friday 8 June to revoke the bail of a businessman who violated a protection order obtained by his wife. It is sickening that, at the time of the alleged violation, Mr. Matshukudu was out on bail for charges relating to another violation of the protection order.
Ms. Matshukudu’s story is sadly an experience shared by far too many South Africans who are let down by a criminal justice system underresourced, understaffed and ill-equipped to protect them. While incidents of domestic violence reported in the Northern Cape have more than doubled between 2014 and 2017, arrests made by SAPS remains at the same level. Far too few police stations are compliant with the Domestic Violence Act and protection orders continue to be disregarded.
We applaud the message sent by the court that there is no place in our society for anyone who harms a woman. DAWN believes that every woman deserves to feel safe in our society and safe in her home.
Federal Deputy Leader of the Democratic Alliance Women’s Network
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