Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
3 minute read
26 Nov 2021
5:00 am

The justice system has failed us, say survivors of abuse

Marizka Coetzer

This week, Police Minister Bheki Cele released crime statistics which indicated a rise in sexual offences, rape and assault, including domestic violence.

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Many victims look back and tell how the justice system failed them at the start of this year’s 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children. This week, Police Minister Bheki Cele released crime statistics which indicated a rise in sexual offences, rape and assault, including domestic violence. The chief executive of the Sinoville Crisis Centre, Colleen Strauss, said too many women were left to raise children alone while some fathers avoid financial responsibility and having any positive influence on their child. “Yes, there is a small minority who are being alienated by the mother but the...