As the nation continues reflecting on the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 and the national lockdown, which amongst other things highlighted the prevalence of Gender Based Violence (GBV), which at a stage was referred to as the second pandemic impacting not only South Africa but the world at large, we reflect on actions taken to combat GBV.
Three new amendment bills were recently announced by the President for the purposes of combating this scourge, namely:
These Bills are viewed as a step in the right direction towards combatting Gender Based Violence for the country. The prevalent hope is that once they are signed into law, they will be effective in the fight against GBV.
However, as GBV does not only impact domestic and/or social lives of people, but has the ability to spill over into the workplace or even worse, occurs within workplaces, the question arises: “What can employers do to protect employees?” Well, employers can provide a policy for the elimination of violence and harassment now. Such a policy will help to:
This means that employers do not need to wait for the government to pass the draft Bills into law in order to ensure the safety of their employees. Passing and enforcing effective workplace policies combating violence and harassment are valuable actions to ensure healthy, safe and conducive workplaces.