The fight to end violence against women and children is a collective responsibility.
Detectives from the KwaZulu-Natal’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offence Units are therefore urging citizens to be the victims’ support system and report any suspicions of abuse to enable police to investigate and put abusers behind bars.
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Cnst Thenjiswa Ngcobo, provincial police spokeswoman, said, “Society should stop victim-blaming and encourage them to speak up, especially children, who are sometimes frightened and helpless. Recently, FCS unit detectives arrested 234 accused for crimes, such as rape, kidnapping, abduction, attempted murder, assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, child neglect and indecent exposure. During this period, 26 convictions were secured.”
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This included two life sentences and 395 years of imprisonment for the many of arrested persons, who appeared in numerous courts within the province.
As more cases are pending in court, it is certain that many other perpetrators will be receiving sentences that will serve as a lesson to other criminals in the future.
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