‘R30m’ to tackle gender-based violence was R30 000
THE Gauteng Department of Community Safety yesterday rejected claims that it was sitting on millions of rands donated by a car manufacturer to tackle gender-based violence, saying the amount is much less.
This week, DA member of the provincial legislature Kate Lorimer said the department received a R30 million donation from BMW for the purpose of empowering victims of domestic abuse. She said the money remains unspent without explanation.
“This sends the message that the Gauteng ANC-led government does not care about victims of domestic abuse, especially women,” said Lorimer.
The department responded, saying Lorimer had issued a “misleading and factually incorrect” statement. “The actual amount received as a donation is R30 000 as per norm in the public service… the depart- ment has advised that the money be deposited via the provincial treasury and has ring-fenced to use the donation for skills development for victims of gender-based violence housed temporarily at Ekhaya Lethemba during the 2017/18 financial year,” the department said.
“Skills development training and support is one of the services clients at the centre receive.
“The statement by… Lorimer that suggests the department does not care about victims of domestic abuse is concerning and a misrepresentation of facts. It should be rejected with the contempt it deserves.”
The department said that during the previous financial year it carried out various programmes including Ekhaya Lethemba, where more than 4 000 victims of gender-based violence had received psychosocial support, medico-legal assistance, family justice services and skills development. – ANA