Cape Town Central police officers have been invited to speak at various events held in the city centre to address the scourge of gender-based violence and gangsterism in communities.
The events were hosted as part of he 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign, which took place from Thursday November 25 to Friday December 10.
On Wednesday December 8, the Abba’s Restoration House, a community church in Muizenberg, under the direction of Apostle Gloria Veale, hosted a prayer intervention at the Castle of Good Hope.
Speakers voiced their concerns about gender-based violence and gang violence in the communities of the Western Cape.
Abba’s Restoration House is an NGO at the helm of various initiatives on the Cape Flats such as the Balls Not Guns peace initiative; Dala Wat djy Moet, which enables feeding stations; and Women’s Voice Movement, which is an advocacy group for women.
Cape Town Central police spokesperson Captain Ezra October spoke as a guest at the event, and shared information on how gender-based violence is dealt with in the police, and how communities should work together.
On the same day, social crime prevention officer at Cape Town Central police, Constable Victricia Beukman, was a guest at the District Six clinic’s intervention programme on gender based-violence hosted for outpatients.
Constable Beukman spoke about the effects of gender-based violence and explained the process of obtaining protection orders, as well as reporting domestic violence cases.
The station commander of Cape Town Central police, Brigadier Marius Stander commended the efforts of the staff in partnering with the community to address the scourge of gender-based violence.