Eight percent of victims are not interviewed in private when reporting a case of gender-based violence and 60% of complainants or victims were not afforded an opportunity to offer information during the investigation or trial of the case.
These were some of the findings in a recent update provided by the Office of the Police Ombudsman on its ongoing systemic investigation into SAPS’ handling of GBV cases.
A sample of complaints against the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit was used to identify some of the weaknesses of the unit.
The findings also show 80% of victims were not informed of their rights to protection from any threat of harassment or intimidation and 60% of victims were not informed of available support services in their community, and; none of the victims were informed on how to apply for monetary compensation where they had suffered damages or financial loss.
This woman went to the Tembisa South @SAPoliceService to report a crime…LOOK at what the cop did…