The Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, has vowed to intensify the fight against gender based violence.
This follows a roundtable discussion with members of the entertainment industry on Tuesday, 12 March 2018.
The discussion comes at the backdrop of a viral video footage, depicting well known artist “Babes Wodumo” whose real name is Bongekile Simelane being assaulted by her boyfriend Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo.
In her keynote address, MEC Nkosi-Malobane emphasized the need of a solid support structure for victims of abuse. “When Masechaba Ndlovu raised this issue a lot of people said that she was interfering in a domestic relationship. However, this was an eye opener for us that victims need a support system in order to speak up,” said MEC Nkosi-Malobane.
She added that the Department of Community Safety would not hesitate to intervene when lives of people are under threat. “Violence against women is an unacceptable and is a violation of basic human rights as enshrined in the Constitution. We cannot allow gender based violence to derail the careers of our emerging artists and those that are already established. We must denounce gender based violence from rearing its ugly head in our entertainment sector and various sectors within our province,” added MEC Nkosi-Malobane.
The Province currently deals with over 39552 cases of assault with an intent to cause grievous bodily harm whilst 43587 cases were reported for common assault and 10116 sexual offences were recorded in 2018. Reflecting on her meeting with the MEC, Sarah Lendha from Sister Working in Film and Television (SWIFT), said she was grateful for the MEC’s intervention as it showed a responsive approach by government in reducing gender based violence.
“I am grateful for the MEC for leading this initiative because one of the major reasons that cause women not to speak up, it is their disappointment with the Criminal Justice System. Through the Department’s intervention, this brings a level of hope that government is resolute about eradicating the scourge,” said Lendha.
The Department of Community Safety continues to call on victims of abuse to seek help through various victim empowerment centers such as the Ikhaya Lethemba which is a sanctuary to victims of abuse.
Photo Source: Sibahle Motha