Crime, Corruption and Gender-Based Violence


Corruption, coupled with inefficiency and apathy, has eroded the capacity of Government to deliver. As a result, the most vulnerable among us have been deprived of opportunities for development and advancement. Levels of crime and violence are staggering, particularly against women and children.
The IFP believes that immediate and radical reform is required to strengthen the justice system, security, military, and intelligence services. The IFP will take bold measures to protect women, children and the most vulnerable.


  • Work with communities to end crime by working closely with community policing forums and providing safe channels for citizens to report criminal activity.
  • Support traditional courts and enhanced roles for traditional leadership in provincial and local governance, which will help achieve greater peace and security.
  • Open a national debate on the reinstatement of the death penalty to deter violent crimes.
  • Revisit legislation to ensure that bail is denied to perpetrators of violence against women and children, particularly murder.
  • Ensure that special courts to deal with Corruption and Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) are fully operational.
  • Ensure that dedicated SAPS officers are specially trained to deal with GBVF and are stationed at all police stations where GBVF is rampant.
  • Ensure that survivors of GBVF can easily access the services they need.
  • Intensify training and support, and increase resources, for SAPS officers.
  • Enhance existing SAPS infrastructure, equipment and technology so that SAPS personnel are fully capacitated to carry out their mandate.
  • Create a culture of accountability, professionalism and ethical conduct, strengthening public trust and confidence in law enforcement.
  • Strictly implement and enforce a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption, including the prompt dismissal and prosecution of corrupt officials irrespective of rank or political affiliation.
  • Increase SANDF resources and equipment, improve training, establish effective intelligence gathering, combat corruption and criminal activity, and improve the welfare of military veterans.
  • Ensure that the SANDF is skilled and prepared for traditional, biological, cyber ornelectronic warfare.
  • Prioritise the Defence Budget to meet the international norm of 2% of GDP, invest in Defence Force recruitment drives, and reengineer and professionalise the SANDF’s institutional structure.
  • Deploy the SANDF to communities where social ills, crime and gangsterism are rife.
  • Ensure a strong, capable, capacitated and funded National Prosecuting Authority.
  • Support restorative justice as an effective alternative to traditional punitive measures.