Spotlight on Rape, Gender violence in the Spotlight

Fikile Mbalula fumbles when questioned over Mduduzi Manana's assault case

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula talks to 702's Xolani Gwala about gender based violence and the 6 point plan that is being implemented at a station level.

He acknowledges that victims are not always treated sensitively by police officers at stations.

Those at the front desk would not basically be well educated on the matter. We are changing the face of that.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula

He says victim centres are being introduced into police stations.

Mbalula insists Saps will ensure the victim will be protected by the law at all times.

Right there at the police station.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula

He says the clarion call is all women need to be treated properly at police stations and is committed to making that happen.

Xolani Gwala asked Mbalula why cases are not treated consistently across the board and cited the examples of the teen Durban assault and the assault Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana is accused of.

The minister fumbled when asked why well-known people seem to get special treatment.

The phone line dropped before he could answer but The Breakfast Show managed to reconnect with him to get an answer.

He explained that at first it was considered common assault but only later changed to GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm).

Mbalula says they were not treated differently and it will be left to the court to decide.

We have done what we could do and the matter is before the courts now...it is very serious charge.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula

Commenting on the Grace Mugabe alleged assault on a young woman in Sandton, Mbalula says they are investigating the matter. He says she may have diplomatic immunity but can still be arrested if it is deemed necessary.

Listen to the full interview with Minister Mbalula below:

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