Author tells her story of how she took on SAPS for failing to probe her abduction
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Johannesburg – Andy Kawa has just finished explaining how he worked for the SAPS by failing to investigate how he was beaten and beaten, and how he did not give up, even though the case went on for more than eight years.
Kawa initially won the case between the police minister at the High Court in Port Elizabeth in November 2018. However, the SAPS appealed the decision and the Supreme Court of Appeal found it in favor of the SAPS, saying it had not neglected its case.
All of this is well documented in his book – ‘Enough, Enough: My Battle with the South African Police Service’ – which leads us to arrest him, up to the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Refusing to accept the defeat, Kawa has now taken the matter to the Supreme Court, where the petition has been linked to government agencies that believe the SAPS will answer the case, according to the Bill of Rights.
He believes that the victory will reassure other victims of further abuse in South Africa.
The book began with the writing of letters, in which he wrote everything in his life so as not to forget anything, going from one place to another appearing in court. That’s when he realized that most of his stuff wasn’t available in his wallet.
“With all the information I write and write, then I realized it was important to write a book, to share my travels because it can help other people to know the process and the traps that can happen.
For people who have experienced a lot of similarities or tragedies, they can remember all that can help them.
“Taking the SAPS was not an option for everyone. That’s when I felt that my rights had been violated by the way the police handled the matter. I had to act against this. After going through my experience, there was no way for me to accept that justice could not be done.
“And because we all know that if we let things go, it simply means we agree as citizens that we will not be held accountable if the SAPS does not do its job.
“This is unacceptable. He stole my legal rights, ”he said.
This ten-year war has reassured him, he said, as the knees of the lawn weaken.
“As a wife, mother, daughter, and so on, I have to be the best I can be.
“Through the Kwanele Foundation I want to change lives and help other women. I am encouraged to do what I do knowing that I am helping South Africa to become a country where women can receive justice after being discriminated against and to report crimes.
“Violence against women has been a constant epidemic in this country, all we need to do is look at the statistics. In the face of violent crime, we need to understand how gender-based violence (GBV) is being handled in South Africa.
“Many women asked me about their injuries and how they treated the SAPS when they reported cases of GBV.
The continued efforts by women’s organizations around the world, including me, to fight GBV and to hold demonstrations have confirmed that anti-GBV strategies have been received with interest and feedback has been provided.
“We want to answer the charges and end the punishment. Sadly, despite this, the government’s response has been disappointing,” he said.
“Through my advocacy work, it has been burdensome and tragic to inform many women who have been struggling to find justice, from undocumented offenders, outbursts of off-bail offenders, lack of criminal files, disregard for evidence and much more.
“We have been fighting for some time, a war on the bodies of women.
“Where most of the bodies of women are located after the rape. The increasing number of murders of women and children confirms the difficulties we face in South Africa.
“It will take all of us, women and men, and accountability from our agencies and government to eradicate the epidemic,” he said.
“This book is a rejuvenation as I rebuild my life.
“I believe that if I live my whole life, I will change lives.”