- Police Minister Bheki Cele has revealed that police have received 87 000 calls relating to gender-based violence since the lockdown began
- Cele said the calls include a case of rape where a police officer was arrested for allegedly raping his wife
- More than 2 200 people have been arrested across the country for contravening the lockdown regulations
South African police have received an alarming 87 000 calls relating to gender-based violence in the first seven days of the 21-day national lockdown.
This was revealed by Police Minister Bheki Cele at the National Coronavirus Command Council press conference on Thursday evening.
Cele said the police had also arrested more than 2 200 people around the country for violating the lockdown regulations, with more than 700 of the arrests happening in the Western Cape.
Cele said the number of reported gender-based violence cases was "a very serious matter".
IOL reports that one of the 87 000 cases include a case of rape, where a police officer was arrested for allegedly raping his wife.
"The police that raped the wife has been arrested. Not as a police (officer), but as a criminal."
Police management had so far received 38 complaints against SAPS members in the first week of the three-week lockdown.
Cele said on day one alone, there were 26 complaints and there have been 12 complaints in the days since, IOL reports.
"We are saying to the community that if there are police that break the law, we will arrest them. But we are also calling on the community to respect the police, respect the law."
Briefly.co.za has reported that Cele has also warned the Western Cape government that cigarette sales were still not allowed during the lockdown period.
The Western Cape is the only province that had lifted the ban on selling cigarettes in the ongoing lockdown.
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