Police Minister Bheki Cele has recommitted members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to prioritise cases that involve the abuse of women and children.
“When a woman or a child reports a crime or abuse, it must be followed up with the urgency it deserves and taken to its full conclusion,” Cabinet spokesperson and Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Thursday following their fortnightly meeting.
With Women's Month drawing to a close, the executive also called on all citizens to continue with the drive to ensure the safety and empowerment of women in society.
“We commend all sectors of society for heading up initiatives aimed at fighting gender-based violence (GBV),” said Mokonyane.
Since the start of our democracy, Mokonyane said great strides have been made to ensure that women enjoy the same rights as their male counterparts in education, employment, property, inheritance and justice.
“In driving an inclusive economy, we are working hard to ensure the full participation of women in the economy and driving an inclusive economy.”
Government, together with its partners, will hold a National Gender Summit to forge consensus on how best to deal with GBV, on a date yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries – in partnership with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, and Total South Africa – are holding its 19th Annual Female Entrepreneur Awards in East London in the Eastern Cape today. – SAnew.gov.za