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Drakenstein Municipality condemns gender-based violence (GBV) incident

Drakenstein Municipality condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the behaviour of the leader of a political party at the Paarl Civic Centre on 8 October 2021.

2021/10/19
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Drakenstein Municipality condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the behaviour of the leader of a political party at the Paarl Civic Centre on 8 October 2021.

Following the incident involving the community leader/politician, a female security officer of the Municipality laid a charge of assault with the South African Police Service (SAPS).

According to the female security guard and witnesses, the man and a number of his followers – participating in an illegal march - stormed the gates of the Civic Centre. Doing her duty, she attempted to close the gate when the leader forced his way in by pushing her out of the way.

In the process he allegedly hit the officer in the face on her left cheek with his fist and his elbow as he continued to force his way into the building. He allegedly continued to scream and swear aggressively while the officer called for assistance.

The Municipality does not tolerate any form of abuse or violence against any staff member and will fully co-operate with the SAPS in the investigation. The Municipality also has an interdict against the same person prohibiting such behaviour and will therefore pursue charges of contempt of a court order.

The Municipality opposes any form of violence and gender-based violence (GBV) in particular, and therefore decided to launch a programme last year, called “365 Days Against GBV”, to highlight this scourge. It believes everyone should practice a zero-tolerance approach to any instance of violence.

 

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Issued by: Communication and Marketing, Drakenstein Municipality 

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