Government is not losing the fight against GBV: Cassel Mathale

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Deputy Minister of Police Cassel Mathale says government is not losing the fight against Gender-Based Violence and femicide that has mushroomed in South Africa.

He says government imbizos are instrumental where healing programmes are introduced to the victims.

Mathale attended a ministerial imbizo in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape as part of the police services’ ongoing efforts to reduce Gender-Based Violence.

He had an opportunity to engage communities on their experiences of the scourge.

Mathale says they are determined to win the fight against Gender-Based Violence.

“This is a fight we are determined to win. We are happy with this the work that we have been doing throughout the country. We are succeeding. Even if you look at the response by our people they understood the role we are playing. Our people need to develop a new attitude and that starts from childhood. Boys view girls differently.”

Meanwhile, one of the victims of Gender-Based Violence Andiswa Rhode says, the justice system has failed many victims and that they do not have access to healthcare services. Rhode explains.

“We are facing the challenge when you go to a police station to open a GBV case, you are asked uncomfortable questions such as did you enjoy rape? what were you wearing? in South Africa, we have a choice on how to dress, I feel comfortable to dress half-naked that doesn’t mean I want to be raped.”