By: Katleho Sekhotho
The NGO ‘People Opposing Women Abuse’ (POWA)has launched a new legal department to assist victims of gender-based violence(GBV). After receiving additional funding from the Ford Foundation, the organisation is able to revive the department to provide legal services such as court support and assistance with protection orders to GBV survivors.
According to POWA, many survivors don’t know how to proceed legally to seek justice and may not have a clear understanding of how the courts operate.
The department will provide court support and assistance with protection orders, free of charge. pic.twitter.com/olTrBfQfGw
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Speaking at the Johannesburg magistrates court, Communications Manager at POWA Thandiwe McCloy says services will be provided free of charge.
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Legal manager at POWA Disemelo Tlali says the idea is to guide victims understand judgements handed down.
The NGO wants the person responsible for murdering Nosicelo Mtebeni to be given life behind bars.
The slain Fort Hare University student’s dismembered body was found stuffed into a luggage bag in Quigney in East London last week. The accused 25-year-old, Alutha Pasile faces charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice.