Award-winning musician Simphiwe Dana has issued a statement regarding the countercharges laid against her by her ex-fiance. The star shared the statement on social media detailing that after she laid charges on him after he physically abused her.
In the statement, Simphiwe shares that after laying the charges, her ex-fiance also filed a charge of assault and crimen injuria against her. The statement reads in part, “She was informed in light of this development, she would be arrested and imprisoned, as per procedure where such charges are laid. In response, she handed herself to the Norwood Police Station on the 16th of January, and was incarcerated in the holding cells.”
The statement also shares that after the prosecutor declined to prosecute the case against Simphiwe, the charges were dropped and she was released from the cells. In the statement, Simphiwe shared her disappointment with the criminal justice system on its treatment of gender-based violence victims. She shared in part, “My experience has been a disturbing revelation about how the criminal justice system can be manipulated to re-victimize and harass victims of intimate-partner abuse. There appears to be an increasing trend of abusers laying counter-assault charges against their victims as an intimidation tactic.
She continued, “The swiftness with which the police respond to the countercharges by imprisoning the survivor serves to perpetuate inequality and revictimization. I have to wonder why the justice system does not allow one process to conclude before addressing the countercharges.
She ended of expressing that she will see her case through to the end. “In a society where violence against women is such a scourge, surely this merits some kind of review? For my part, I will continue with my case, and am committed to seeing it through the end.” Simphiwe Dana issues statement regarding countercharges laid against her. Here’s a look at the full statement.
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