In a media briefing on Tuesday, the Minister of Police Bheki Cele said that the government has identified 30 gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) hotspots across the country in order to improve its response on a community and district level.
These hotspots were identified based on nine main variables and includes cases of rape, human trafficking for sexual offences, kidnapping for sexual offences and domestic violence. Figures of reported domestic violence related cases of murder, rape, attempted murder with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, was also included.
Cele said they included data from victim support services like the Thuthuzela centres, health facilities and data from other departments.
The top 30 GBVF hotspots are:
- Mitchell’s Plain
- Orange Farm
“All police stations in those identified areas are expected to have a permanent desk dedicated to GBV. This will go a long way in ensuring victims of gender crimes are responded to by trained officers in a professional way. The dedicated desk will reduce the risk of ill treatment at the hands of officers, as we have seen in some instances. These permanent desks should not be limited to the hotspot areas only but should be a norm at all stations. We are also forging ahead with our plans of ensuring that Victim friendly rooms meet all requirements and are available at all police stations,”.
The Minister said police stations in these areas should always have access to DNA collection kits. He added that their medium to long-term goal is to address the GBVF case backlog and revisit cold cases.
Cele says provinces should look at the hotspots in their area and ensure that they present victim-centered service delivery.