Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, accompanied by his deputy Gert Oostenhuisen, has visited victims of gender based violence in Acornhoek in Mpumalanga.

The minister is in the area hosting a gender-based violence Imbizo.

Mthethwa says the purpose of his interaction with residents is to warn perpetrators to stop abusing women and children.

Approximately 75 cases of domestic violence and 65 rape cases have been reported so far at the Acornhoek police station since January this year.