South Africa: Premier of the Free State Province, Ms Sefora Sisi Ntombela, together with the MEC for Social Development Motlagomang “Mamiki “Qabathe, Fezile District MMC, Cllr Oupa. Matwa, and Metsimaholo Local Municipality MMC for Human Settlements & LED, Cllr Thulani Mbana, joined by other stakeholders, General Manager Eskom, Mr H. Sewsunker, Local Police Station Captain Matsheka, Provincial Manager of SAHRC, Mr T. Kheswa to celebrate the Women’s Month.
Annually during August Month, they pay tribute to more than 20,000 women who led the federation of the South African Women that Marched to the Union Building on the 9th of August in 1956.
The Premier of Free State with the MEC acknowledge the strength, determination and power that the women possess to take control of their lives.
In endorsing the accelerated war against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide, the President declared “GBVF” as the second Pandemic that the country confronted, and like COVID-19, this Pandemic can be overcome if we work together, “Working together, we can do more “. Victim Empowerment needs us to work together as a society. Hence the programme today involves different stakeholders who contribute toward Eradicating Gender Based Violence and Femicide in the Community, such as the National Prosecuting Authority, SASSA, ESKOM, SAPS, SAHRC, and Survivors of Gender Based Violence and Femicide.
Premier of the Free State, Ms Sisi Ntombela and the MEC for Social Development Mamiki Qabathe today launched a shelter in Sasolburg which is going to be used to provide protection, security and safety to victims of Gender Based Violence and Femicide by providing a space for healing, provide skills development, and security.
In March 2022, the Department of Social Development in the Free State funded Curios Movement to establish a shelter in the Area of Sasolburg after it got a house donated by ESKOM and also supported by a number of companies which are doing business with ESKOM.
Our fight to Eradicate Gender-Based Violence and Protecting Victims of GBVF needs us to work together as communities, as a society, as stakeholders, businesses, labour and government.
The Premier, MEC and key stakeholders will proceed to open the Curious Movement Movement Shelter for GBVF in Sasolburg.