DA In Gauteng Calls On MEC Mazibuko To Ensure Safety Of GBV Victims

The Gauteng Dept Community Safety has failed to supply nine Green Doors to ensure that the victims and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) receive prompt and effective services.

DA In Gauteng Calls On MEC Mazibuko To Ensure Safety Of GBV Victims -SurgeZirc SA
Gauteng MEC Faith Mazibuko/ Photo File: IOL

The Gauteng Dept Community Safety has failed to supply nine Green Doors to ensure that the victims and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) receive prompt and effective services.

However, the information was revealed in the department’s first quarter report for the 2020/21 financial year.

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According to the first quarter report, the department had a target of rolling out nine Green Doors.

But, the target was not achieved, and the reasons given by the department for non-achievement is that due to lockdown, no green doors were erected because of the inaccessibility of the homes.

A Green Door is a safe space in the community that is at least 5kms away from a police station and run by community members. It offers debriefing, containment and referral to necessary stakeholders such as local NGOs, SAPS, and courts.

DA said the department’s failure to establish Green Doors clearly indicates that the ANC-led Gauteng government cares little about ensuring that the victims of GBV are protected during this difficult period of lockdown as a result of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.

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In addition, DA said with the increase of GBV cases across the country during the lockdown, the department should have prioritised the establishment of Green Doors in the province instead of using Covid-19 as an excuse.

The DA is calling on MEC Faith Mazibuko to ensure that these Green Doors are prioritised to provide adequate and effective services and support to the victims and survivors of gender-based violence.

 

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