Cars to speed up gen­der-based vi­o­lence re­lief

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Nonku­l­uleko Mathe­bula

OR­GAN­I­SA­TIONS THAT give sup­port to the vic­tims of gen­der-based vi­o­lence will now be able to re­spond more ef­fec­tively, thanks to the dona­tion of ve­hi­cles by the Gaut­eng gov­ern­ment.

The Gaut­eng De­part­ment of So­cial De­vel­op­ment re­cently handed over 12 ve­hi­cles to non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions (NPOs) that help fight gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

The NPOs ren­der vic­tim em­pow­er­ment ser­vices and the ve­hi­cles are meant to make it eas­ier for staff mem­bers to get around, es­pe­cially when help­ing vic­tims of abuse.

Speak­ing at the han­dover cer­e­mony at Igugulethu Child and Youth Care Cen­tre in Boks­burg, So­cial De­vel­op­ment MEC Nandi May­athula-Khoza said the cars will help pro­vide more im­me­di­ate 24-hour sup­port to com­mu­ni­ties, to make sure that crit­i­cal in­ter­ven­tions are not missed.

“We handed over these cars mainly be­cause dur­ing our vis­its to shel­ters, we saw there was a se­ri­ous chal­lenge re­gard­ing trans­porta­tion and this is one of our ways of ad­dress­ing it.

“This shows our com­mit­ment to these NPOs; it must be noted that we value the work done by these or­gan­i­sa­tions in as­sist­ing gov­ern­ment to achieve its man­date, and by so do­ing we will con­tinue to pro­vide in­te­grated so­cial wel­fare ser­vices for the care, sup­port and pro­tec­tion of vic­tims of gen­der-based vi­o­lence and crime,” said May­athula-Khoza, who added that 11 349 vic­tims have sought help from the 65 or­gan­i­sa­tions that are funded to de­liver vic­tim em­pow­er­ment ser­vices.

Oupa Pila from Car­roll­show shel­ter, which is an NPO that helps abused men, said the ve­hi­cle they re­ceived is highly ap­pre­ci­ated and will go a long way in as­sist­ing them in achiev­ing their man­date.

“For some time we have been op­er­at­ing with­out trans­port and we are based in a semi-ru­ral area so one can only imag­ine how dif­fi­cult it has been for us to get around.

“From time to time we have to take men for med­i­cal care to clin­ics or to courts, and us­ing taxis fur­ther vic­timises them. This car will hon­estly make our work a lot eas­ier,” said Pila, who in­tends on in­ten­si­fy­ing their pro­gramme of vis­it­ing schools around the re­gion to en­gage with young boys about bul­ly­ing and gen­der vi­o­lence.

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