Andy Kawa

Programme Participant

Andy Kawa’s life was changed irrevocably when she took a stroll on the popular King’s Beach in Port Elizabeth. She was dragged into nearby dunes, held and assaulted by several men. Her attackers were never caught. Kawa successfully sued the police for failing to properly investigate the attack. Justice Sarah Sephton found police officers were ‘grossly negligent’. The police appealed and won. Kawa would not give up her fight for justice. She has begun her appeal to the Constitutional Court.

Kawa was the winner of the 2020 Mbokodo Awards in literature and also won a landmark judgement at the Constitutional Court in April 2022, leading the war for victims of crime to sue the Police if their Constitutional rights of protection by the law have been violated by the Police.