Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
8 Jun 2020
7:27 pm

Drop in reported GBV cases not necessarily a good thing

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

The lockdown period saw a drop in reported cases of gender-based violence, but this doesn't mean we should celebrate as arrest and conviction rates for reported cases are shockingly low.

MEC Faith Mazibuko

Lockdown conditions appear to have dramatically shifted the state of gender-based violence (GBV) in Gauteng, according to official statistics. But concerned bodies have cautioned that a drop in cases did not necessarily mean there were fewer women facing abuse and violence from men during the protracted Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa. Answering questions by Democratic Alliance (DA)  MPL Refiloe Nt’sheke, Gauteng community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko revealed that between the 1 March and the 30 April this year, 5,082 GBV-related cases were opened at Gauteng police stations. During the same period last year, 15,929 cases were reported, indicating a decline...