‘Qoqodala has highest GBV rates in Chris Hani’
Qoqodala has been identified as a hot spot for violence against women and children in Chris Hani, with a number of victims having been killed.
This was revealed at the Eastern Cape provincial government 16 Days of Activism launch for no Violence Against Women and Children in Qoqadala, at Emalahleni Local Municipality.
Premier Oscar Mabuyane said the GBV scourge which affected women and children went against human values and what the African people stood for, and could not be justified.
“We grew up being told that men should respect women and protect children and to never raise a hand against a woman.
“We reject this type of behaviour and are making efforts to bring back the dignity of our country.
“What we launch is no longer 16 Days but 365 days,” Mabuyane said.
“In August, GBV escalated as though there were people targeting the campaigns happening to try prove a point.
“We condemn the scourge of anyone inflicting violence.
“Those who witness it indirectly must report it.”
He urged the residents to take responsibility to stop what he said was a societal matter in need of a collective effort.
“This begins when we make our homes a stable environment which will promote stability in society.”
The premier also introduced a GBV steering committee that will be chaired by department of social development MEC Siphokazi Lusithi.
The programme will focus on women, the elderly, people with disabilities, youth and men.
“We declare war against this scourge which will be leading as a province.
“There have been a number of improvements implemented by the government to curb GBV, which includes courts set aside to deal with such cases.
“Care centres are being provided and we are auditing properties for them in the 100 days rapid results approach to speed up case turn-around times.”
MEC Lusithi said: “The men of this area rape women who they threaten with knives.
“This event is to awaken the consciences of people to fight violence against women and children.”