The Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) has adopted the DA’s motion aimed at combating the scourge of gender-based violence (GBV) in the province.
We are pleased and welcome the adoption of our motion, which, when implemented accordingly, will decrease cases of GBV.
Women and children in Gauteng have long suffered from the scourge of multiple crimes levelled against them without having full access to government structures that should assist them.
The shortage of victim empowerment centres in our communities has not only deprived women and children of much-needed victim support but also men who are abused by their partners.
The existing victim empowerment centres are in a dire state. In addition, Gauteng has a huge challenge concerning the DNA backlog, denying justice for GBV victims.
The DA’s motion proposes the following interventions to combat GBV:
- We should have more trained police and social workers available at stations who will deal specifically with victims of GBV and deal with the issues affecting members of the LGBTQ+ community,
- The Department of Community Safety and Security should do more in liaising with their national counterparts to provide adequate resources to all our victim empowerment centres across all our police stations; and
- The province lobbies for the devolution of the SAPS so that access to the resources is not centralised. As a result, the province will have the mandate to effectively and efficiently distribute resources to aid victims of GBV.
The DA believes that GBV is a societal issue and government alone cannot fix GBV, but all stakeholders need to work together to find permanent solutions.
We will continue to put pressure on the Gauteng Department of Community Safety and Security to implement our motion resolutions as a matter of urgency.