Cape Town – The government of the Western Cape has earmarked a budget of R60.4 million this year to tackle and prevent gender-based violence (GBV), according to Prime Minister Alan Winde.
This figure is R 59.9 million more than the R 557,841 budgeted for in FY 2018/19 and R 14.2 million more than FY 2019/20.
Winde revealed the numbers in a written response to a question from ANC provincial social development spokesperson Gladys Bakubaku-Vos.
Bakubaku-Vos wanted to know what measures the province had in place to stop GBV. She said, “What are the details and can I have a breakdown of provincial government spending for measures to prevent and control GBV from 2019 to date?”
Winde said, “The Social Development and Community Safety Departments both have programs in place to prevent and control GBV and femicide in the province.
“The Department of Social Development has a victim empowerment program that funds educational workshops on GBV and outreach activities in high risk areas. Other programs include the Child Care and Protection Program, the Seniors Program, and the Family Services Program. “
In March, Social Development MEC Sharna Fernandez launched the Marigold Safehouse in central Karoo. It has been hailed as the first of six shelters the ministry plans to open this year with the support of its partners in non-profit organizations.
Regarding the Department of Community Safety programs, Winde said they have prioritized interventions such as working with police to identify systemic issues at the station level.
According to Winde, the writs of observation unit in the courts of the province will conduct station visits to the five priority stations where regional teams are established to determine the reasons for the cases being struck out through a roster overview. courts.
Another intervention is to investigate service delivery complaints against the police by encouraging victims and survivors of GBV to complain to the Provincial Police Ombudsman if they are not satisfied with the service they receive. they received SAPS.