Alleged GBV offender apprehended


Gender-based violence (GBV) is a reality in many of the communities in which we live. The Fidelity ADT team in Bloemfontein recently helped to stop a case of GBV, assault, intimidation and harassment from escalating further after a domestic worker was allegedly repeatedly threatened by her partner in the area.

According to the domestic worker, the man in question also threatened to kill the family she worked for. The family notified Fidelity ADT. The man was tracked down to his home where he was apprehended and linked to several alleged crimes, including attempted murder.

Charnel Hattingh, Head of Marketing and Communications at Fidelity ADT, said gender-based violence is commonly referred to as South Africa’s second pandemic. “It is an indication of the severity of the problem we still face.”

Hattingh shared the following basic safety tips:

  • It is of utmost importance to trust your instincts. If someone or something makes you feel uneasy, avoid the individual and leave the area.
  • Make contact with your private security service provider and ask them if they offer a mobile panic alarm service, which could be downloaded to your mobile phone.
  • Tell someone where you are going and the time you expect to return. Save to your mobile phone or memorise the details of the person to be contacted in the event of an emergency.
  • Be aware of people around you when heading to your vehicle, especially at places such as shopping centres, petrol stations, and the likes.
  • If you are driving, the first thing to do once you are inside your vehicle, is to ensure that all the doors are locked. Never drive with a handbag or any other valuable items on a seat or in the view of anyone looking into your vehicle from the outside.

“By exercising these precautions, we believe women and children can develop good safety habits that will assist them in avoiding dangerous situations,” concluded Hattingh.

Compiled by Justine Fortuin