Trauma eased for Acorn­hoek abuse vic­tims

Vuk'uzenzele - - General -

THANKS TO A part­ner­ship with big busi­ness and a lo­cal busi­ness­man, sur­vivors of gen­der­based vi­o­lence will find re­port­ing the crimes a lit­tle less daunt­ing.

Fight­ing gen­der-based vi­o­lence is ev­ery­one's busi­ness but a part­ner­ship be­tween the Acorn­hoek SAPS and the pri­vate sec­tor has taken the fight one step fur­ther.

A Wendy house was trans­formed into a wel­com­ing, safe place for vic­tims of gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

Coca-Cola Bev­er­ages South Africa (CCBSA) em­ploy­ees in Mbombela rolled up their sleeves and built benches, shelves and painted the struc­ture. New floors, ceil­ings, a geyser and kitchen unit were also in­stalled in the Wendy house.

"We had chal­lenges be­fore but now we are sure that our vic­tims will be well ac­com­mo­dated and their state­ments will be dealt with con­fi­den­tially, re­spect­fully and with dig­nity,” said Acorn­hoek SAPS spokesper­son Cap­tain Mpho Nonyane.

With many vic­tims of abuse be­ing afraid to sub­mit a state­ment against their abuser, the CCBSA Mbombela wanted to pro­vide vic­tim-friendly, pri­vate fa­cil­i­ties to make the process a lit­tle bit eas­ier.

The project also served to ce­ment a re­la­tion­ship be­tween the SAPS, CCBSA and Richard Mala­pane, who dis­trib­utes Coca-Cola prod­ucts to the com­mu­nity of Acorn­hoek.

As a busi­ness owner, Mala­pane has ex­pe­ri­enced a few un­for­tu­nate crim­i­nal in­ci­dents that have af­fected his busi­ness. He hopes that a strong re­la­tion­ship with the po­lice will al­le­vi­ate chal­lenges faced by the com­mu­nity faces.

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