The Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Response Fund says taking a more victim-centered approach is a step in the right direction for South Africa’s fight against gender-based violence.

This, after President Cyril Ramaphosa last week signed into law three new gender-based violence laws which are set to afford victims a lot more protection under the SA legal system.

CEO of the GBVF Response Fund, Lindi Dlamini says the laws are a triumph for the country’s legislative reform.

She says the new laws would also require members of the police force to play a more active role in fighting domestic violence.

Read the Fund’s full statement here.

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National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole says law enforcers were overwhelmed during the July unrests.

He says the police could therefore not sufficiently respond to all reported incidents of looting.

The riots, in Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal, led to billions of Rand of damage to businesses and infrastructure.

Sithole was testifying at the Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into the riots and says the police force was caught unprepared.

He says better communication between law-enforcement agencies would, in future, ensure a more coordinated response.

Sithole says the police just did not have enough capacity to respond to the widespread violence.

You can follow the SAHRC briefing here.

Commissioner Sitole’s testimony can be accessed here.

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