Domestic violence drops in lockdown but men are still dying over booze

22 April 2020 - 19:01 By Naledi Shange
At least four men have been killed by their partners since the start of the coronavirus lockdown, said police minister Bheki Cele.
At least four men have been killed by their partners since the start of the coronavirus lockdown, said police minister Bheki Cele.
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While the coronavirus lockdown has seen significantly fewer crimes committed, police minister Bheki Cele said it was concerning that men were among the fatal victims of domestic abuse.

Cele said at a briefing in Durban on Tuesday that men had been killed by their partners during this time.

“In four of the incidents during the lockdown, the boyfriends were allegedly killed by their girlfriends,” he said.

The minister, who vigorously supports the ban on alcohol sales during the lockdown and even beyond, said booze was a factor in some of these murders.

“In two of these incidents, the murder was a result of an argument over liquor. In one incident, the boyfriend refused to go out to buy liquor. In the other incident, the couple was under the influence of alcohol [when the female killed the male],” he said.

The latest figures revealed by Cele show a substantial decrease in domestic violence incidents reported nationally this year in comparison to the same period in 2019.

“The national picture reflects a decrease by 69.4% from 9,990 cases between March 29 and April 22 last year to 3,061 since the lockdown until April 20 2020, meaning a difference of 6,929 [cases]," he said.


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