Law enforcement agents have been called upon to sharpen their skills in terms of their approach to gender-based violence and to refrain from taking bribes as this derails progress that has been made after the enactment of the Domestic Violence Act.
This comes in the wake of an increase in the number of cases of gender-based violence where law enforcers are being blamed for taking a back bench when such cases are reported.
Research has shown that most of the people who are being abused are not forthcoming in reporting their cases.
Speaking on the sidelines of a memorial service that was held for the late Charity Sabau who died after being shot by her husband in a domestic violence case, Womenâ€™s Affairs, Gender and Community Development Deputy Minister, Ms Jessie Majome challenged law enforcement agents to step up their approach on issues of gender-based violence.
Director for Musasa Project, Mrs. Netty Musanhi said despite the enactment of the Domestic Violence Act, women and men are still suffering in silence in their homes and a lot more needs to be done to educate society on the importance of reporting cases of violence.
Daughter to the late Mrs. Charity Sabau, Ms Joan Dzimwasha also took at what she alleged was corruption in the judiciary system as perpetrators are allowed to go scot free.
It is alleged that one Harare businessman, Mr. Dickson Sabau allegedly shot and killed his wife Mrs. Charity Sabau at their home at Globetrotter Motel in Harare.
Eye-witnesses allege that Mrs. Sabau reported cases of being violently abused by her ex-husband at Marlborough Police Station, but no action was taken till she was murdered.
The alleged perpetrator, Dickson Sabau was arrested and charged for murder and is currently in remand prison.