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Ikhaya Lethemba still gives glimmer of hope to survivors of abuse

Gopolang Leepile

Ikhaya Lethemba is continuing to be a sanctuary to female survivors of crime, violence and abuse.

The flagship project of the Gauteng government, which is one of the largest in the country accommodates 120 women and children who have survived incidence of violence and abuse for a period of nine months and offers training and self-dependence to survivors.

It is part of the provincial government’s demonstrated commitment to support the vulnerable, especially those that have experienced gender-based violence, rape and child abuse.

MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said that the centre has committed staff members that walk the path with survivors by providing psycho-social services and medico-legal services.

“A word of appreciation to the highly competent staff members and the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) team based at our victim empowerment centre, Ikhaya Lethemba, for ensuring that proper support was given to the survivors for successful conviction of perpetrators,” said MEC Nkosi-Malobane.

The MEC also welcomed the 30-year sentence meted out to serial taxi rapist, Nothile Dlamini, at the Protea Magistrate’s Court.

Dlamini was amongst the serial rapists who raped, kidnapped, robbed and terrorized passengers within the taxi industry around the Booysens, Soweto and the Roodepoort policing precinct last year.

"I wish to commend the Criminal Justice System for imposing a harsh sentence on this heartless criminal who preyed on these vulnerable women,” said MEC Nkosi-Malobane.

In addition, MEC Nkosi-Malobane said that cases including gender-based violence, a highly competent investigation team at Ikhaya Lethemba handled rape and kidnapping in the province.

 Ikhaya Lethemba also runs weekly support groups for survivors of abuse and rape as well as monthly workshops. It is a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week centre and offers free services.