File: Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that over 2,000 cases were reported in the first week of the lockdown.
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JOHANNESBURG - At least 2,230 gender-based violence cases have been reported during the first week of the national lockdown.
Police Minister Bheki Cele said there are special units dedicated to deal with these cases.
Sonke Gender Justice says it anticipated the alarming number of gender-based violence complaints during the lockdown.
With many countries under lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, violence against women remains a worldwide pandemic.
Cele encouraged South Africans who are being abused to use the SAPS number dedicated to deal with cases of abuse.
The number is 0800 428 428.
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