NPA GETS R1.8BN TO STRENGTHEN FIGHT AGAINST GBV; BILLIONS EARMARKED FOR NHI ROLL-OUT
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