Not too sure about this Law of South Africa – Women cannot be arrested between 6 pm and 6 am #PreventWomenAbuse

DO YOU KNOW THIS LAW?

According to A. Holt, CMS – CLERK, of the Magistrate Court Springs, Department of Justice & Constitutional Development, this is a little known law in South Africa. I certainly was unaware of it and I work in this field. I will have to read up on the Criminal Procedure Act, which I thought I knew, and the requirements and guidelines. Goes to show we never know it all, do we?

After a woman was allegedly raped by a policeman in Rustenburg, whilst in their custody, an email was forwarded which is hoped will go viral to protect women against possible rape.

Here’s what A Holt, of South African Dept of Justice says, with a few grammatical and typos corrected:

Woman Arrest Law:

An incident took place – a young girl was attacked by a man posing as a plain clothes officer; he asked her to come to the police station when she & her male friend didn’t have a driver’s license to show. He sent the male friend off to get his license and asked the girl to accompany him to the police station. Instead he took her to an isolated area where the rape was committed.

The law [which most of us are not aware of] clearly states that between 6 pm and 6 am, a woman has the right to REFUSE to go to the Police Station, even if an arrest warrant has been issued against her.

It is procedural that a woman can only be arrested between 6am and 6pm, unless she is arrested by a woman officer and taken to an ALL WOMEN police station. If she is arrested by a male officer, it has to be proven that a woman officer was on duty at the time of arrest.

Men, protect your wives, sisters and mothers by knowing this law and advising others about it.

It is vital that we know our rights.

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