‘R30m’ to tackle gen­der-based vi­o­lence was R30 000

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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

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