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Alleged abuser assaults women inside Eastern Cape police station

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Eastern Cape has once again come under the spotlight for Gender-based violence after a video of a man assaulting women including a female officer inside a police station has gone viral.

The incident reportedly happened at Madeira Police Station in Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape. This comes as political parties and organisations against gender-based violence had marched to Mthatha Central Police Station demanding justice for Singwa Namhla Mtwa whose murder sparked outrage. 

WATCH: MAN ASSAULTS WOMEN INSIDE MTHATHA POLICE STATION

According to reports, the woman seen talking to the female officer had come to report a case of gender-based violence against the same man who assaulted her. 

It is not clear how the argument ensued, however, the alleged perpetrator can be hear several times saying he will take a video. The female police officer then removes the man’s phone from sight trying to stop him from recording her or the interaction. The man ends up assaulting the victim in front of a female officer and others in the police station. 

The frightened women tried to defend the victim and ended up shutting the alleged perpetrator out after he assaulted another woman.

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POLICE MINISTRY VISIT EASTERN CAPE

Police Minister, Bheki Cele and National Commissioner General Fannie Masemola visited the Mthatha Police staSion in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, 26 May after mounting complaints.

The visit follows a day of protests calling for #JusticeForNamhla and #JusticeForHleHle. Protestors were demanding answers after no suspects were arrested.

A running theme was an overall concern about policing emanating from the questionable service delivery of the station. 

“The visit also comes at a time when Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene ordered a manhunt for the murderer of Namhla Mtwa.

“She was shot and killed inside her car by an unknown suspect while she was arriving at her Sidwadwa based home in Mthatha,” spokesperson, Lirandzu Themba said.

ALSO READ: Namhla Mtwa: No arrests yet for Eastern Cape woman’s brutal murder

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