Cele urges SA to report abuse as GBV calls top 2,230

File: Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that over 2,000 cases were reported in the first week of the lockdown.

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.

READ: Communities urged to wage war against GBV during lockdown

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.

READ: SA Lockdown: GBV shelters remain open

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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