Action Society supports victims of gender-based violence and femicide to get justice. This includes acting as watching briefs, attending court cases in support and preparing them for the court proceedings. As we are involved with several matters, we will do a weekly wrap of what happened in these cases to keep our members up to date.
Twisted mother-daughter assault postponed
Action Society was at the Children’s Court on Monday, 27 September. The court dealt with a matter where a teenager accused her mother of assaulting her. The matter was heard at this court because of the purportedly false accusations by the child. She was taken from her mother’s care and placed in a safehouse.
In a separate court, but on the same matter, the mother was due to appear on 4 October, but the case was postponed due to Covid. The mother held that her ex-husband abused her for at least ten years. She eventually divorced the man, but he continued to harass her.
The woman claims that the abusive father manipulated his daughter into accusing her mother of assault, which saw her arrested. The mother was released and is trying to get her child help, as her daughter has become a victim of cyberbullying since being taken out of her mother’s care.
Nosiphiwe James case postponed to November
The Action Society team was at the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 28 September, where the matter pertaining to Nosiphiwe James, a 29-year-old woman, was heard. James was stabbed with a screwdriver in May, allegedly by her boyfriend.
The suspect was arrested in June after Action Society cooperated with the SAPS in the Eastern Cape. The matter has been postponed to November.
Elsies River pastor acquitted of assault on wife
A 72-year-old Cape Town pastor appeared in court on Thursday, 29 September, on an assault charge. Alex Warner is accused of hitting his wife with his vehicle.
Action Society attended the court proceedings related to the assault. The victim testified, but the accused was acquitted. The magistrate commented that there was too much doubt surrounding the allegations. The pastor is due to appear in court later in the year on another matter involving minors.
Investigation in Mia Botha (4) case continues
Two men were due to appear in court on Friday, 30 September, in Paarl in connection with the murder of four-year-old Tamia Botha.
The child’s body was found on a school playground in Paarl on Monday, 3 October, after disappearing the previous day.
Community members and civil organisations, including Action Society, gathered outside the Paarl Magistrate’s Court to show their dismay at this crime. However, the suspects did not appear in court as the SAPS investigation is still underway.