15 November 2022
The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has learnt with satisfaction that a Free State man has been sentenced to life in prison after he kept a 50-year-old woman hostage for eight months and raped her during that time. Media reports say the 40-year-old man was sentenced in the Viljoenskroon Magistrate’s Court.
Fedusa has long called for hefty sentences against perpetrators of abuse against women and children and we believe the punishment meted out by the court in this instance is appropriate. The federation is of the view that only when law enforcement is seen to be proactive in protecting society in general from such predators, will we see an improvement in the national gender-based violence crisis.
We applaud the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and investigating officers involved in the case. We, however, reiterate the call for the implementation of the National Strategic Plan to Combat Gender-Based Violence. In the coming month, we will hear a lot about the efforts underway to rid society of gender-based violence, however, we believe that the restoration of victims’ and survivors’ trust in the justice system is a pillar of such efforts.
The federation believes that the woman whose perpetrator was brought to justice in the Free State has been extended the necessary trauma counselling and other help by authorities as provisioned, for victims of abuse.
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