LEPHALALE — On Wednesday, 21 October 2020, the Waterberg District Commissioner, Major General Rosina Mulaudzi, hosted an event where employees of the SAPS in the district were addressed on Gender-based Violence (GBV) and Domestic Violence. The event was held at the Lephalale HRD.
The session was arranged after two members of Lephalale Police station shot and killed their partners and thereafter took their own lives over the past few weeks.
“SAPS employees are often exposed to traumatic incidents because of these types of crimes and are left with psychological trauma that hinders their productivity and threatens their well-being. It is important that the management act proactively, thereby ensuring employees’ well-being is promoted through effective interventions. Through effective strategies that include multiple counseling sessions, regaining control and receiving support, the SAPS Management in the Province work hard to assist the employees,” said one of the speakers.
In attendance were the Deputy Provincial Commissioner responsible for Corporate Services Major General Christine Moralakadi, Provincial Heads, the SAPS Waterberg District Commissioner Major General Rosina Mulaudzi and other senior officers, the SAPS Waterberg COVID-19 Steering Committee, EHW, SAPS brass band, POPCRU, SAPU and other Stakeholders such as a Clinical Psychologist, Religious groups, the Businesses Community Forum and the Community Policing Forum (CPF).
The speakers outlined the forms and signs of Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Violence and the inappropriate coping mechanism for dealing with depression and stress through alcohol and drugs. They pleaded with members and commanders to have mutual respect and support to have a healthy working environment. The members were encouraged to seek help from available structures when they are faced with their own challenges, instead of waiting until the situation is no longer manageable.
Major General Morakaladi delivered the keynote address. A moment of silence was held for the departed souls and the fallen hero Colonel Seroka.
Maj Genl. Morakaladi then introduced the SAPS Waterberg District EHW and Guardians for the COVID-19 Steering Committee. The General encouraged members and their commanders to support each other and refrain from secondary victimisation.
In conclusion, a joint prayer session was conducted.