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Min­is­ter of Fi­nance Tito Mboweni has given the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity an ad­di­tional R1.8 bil­lion to fight gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

In the Bud­get re­view the Na­tional Trea­sury said the funds would strengthen the fight of the NPA to deal with the is­sue of gen­der vi­o­lence.

“The De­part­ment of Jus­tice will re­ceive R1.8bn, mainly to en­hance pros­e­cu­tion ca­pac­ity in the NPA, in­clud­ing the sex­ual of­fences and com­mu­nity af­fairs unit es­tab­lished to ad­dress gen­der-based vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren,” it stated.

In his State of the Na­tion Ad­dress Ramaphosa raised the is­sue of gen­der-based vi­o­lence, say­ing it re­quired ef­forts by all stake­hold­ers to fight it.

He said the gov­ern­ment would es­tab­lish more sex­ual of­fences courts to clamp down on the scourge.

• Mboweni has given the De­part­ment of Health bil­lions of rand to ramp up in­fra­struc­ture projects for the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance.

Trea­sury said R19.9bn would be given to the De­part­ment of Health over three years to build hos­pi­tals and re­fur­bish them for the NHI.

Gov­ern­ment also al­lo­cated more than R55.6 mil­lion to do the ground­work for the NHI.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa said it would take five years to fully roll out NHI, but gave no in­di­ca­tions on the fig­ures. He said it was a trav­esty that R250bn was spent by 20% of the pop­u­la­tion on pri­vate health­care. He said it would be im­por­tant to im­ple­ment NHI to pro­vide qual­ity health­care to all the peo­ple. | Siyabonga Mkhwanazi

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