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Johannesburg – Andy Kawa finally tells her story of how she took over SAPS for not investigating her kidnapping and assault case, and how she didn’t give up, despite the fact that the case dragged on for eight years.
First, in November 2018, Kawa won the civil case against the Minister of Police in the Port Elizabeth Supreme Court. However, the SAPS appealed the ruling, and the Supreme Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the SAPS that it was not negligent in handling their case.
All of this is described in detail in her book “Kwanele, Enough: My Struggle with the South African Police Service”, which takes us through her kidnapping to the Supreme Court of Appeals.
Refusing to accept defeat, Kawa has now taken the matter to the Constitutional Court, where civil society organizations who firmly believe they can hold SAPS accountable under the Bill of Rights have joined their motion.
She believes that victory will justify other sacrifices who continually suffer injustice in South Africa.
The book began as a diary entry where she documented every part of her life so as not to forget any details as she traveled back and forth for court appearances. It was then that she realized that a lot of information was missing from her log.
“With all of the information I documented and compiled, I later felt it was necessary to write a book to share my journey as it could help other people learn more about the process and possible pitfalls.
So that people who have had similar or worse experiences can remember to document anything that helps their case.
“Taking over the SAPS was not a decision in itself. It was when I felt my rights had been violated in the police handling the case. I had to take action against it. After going through what I went through, there was no way I could accept that justice would not be served.
“And because we all know that when we let go of things, it simply means that we as citizens accept that we will not hold the SAPS accountable for failing to perform its duties.
“That is not acceptable. I have been deprived of my constitutional rights,” she said.
These decades of struggle have shown her how slow the wheels of justice are.
“As a woman, mother, daughter, etc., I have to be the best I can be.
“Through the Kwanele Foundation, I want to change lives and help other women. I am inspired to do what I do knowing that I am helping to make South Africa a country where women can get justice after being hurt and reporting the crime.
“Violence against women has always been a pandemic in this country. We just have to look at the statistics. What I’ve been through is a violent crime. We need to know how gender-based violence (GBV) is dealt with in South Africa.
“So many women have reached out to me about how they have been traumatized, how they are treated by the SAPS when they report GBV-related crimes.
The continued efforts of women’s organizations across the country, including my own, to fight GBV and take protest action has ensured anti-GBV initiatives get the attention they need and solutions are offered.
“We call for accountability and an end to impunity. Unfortunately, despite these continued efforts, the government’s response has been disappointing, ”she said.
“Through my legal work, it has been hard and sad to be exposed to so many women who have struggled to obtain justice, have been harassed by unconvicted offenders, bailed offenders, missing files, abuse of evidence, etc. .
“We have been waging war for some time, the war against women’s bodies.
“Where so many women’s bodies have become crime scenes after sexual violence. The increasing murder of women and children testifies to the crisis in South Africa.
“We all, women and men, and the accountability of our institutions and governments must defeat this scourge,” she said.
“The book is also an act of recovery as I rebuild my life.
“I hope to change my life during my trip.”