Rakgoale urges residents to break the silence on gender based violence

POLOKWANE

Limpopo MEC for Social Development Nkakareng Rakgoale has reiterated her call to people who are in violent relationships as well as the broader community to speak out when they experience or witness incidents of Gender Based Violence during this COVID-19 lockdown period.

In the latest incident, a woman was shot and killed allegedly by her partner at Bungeni village outside Louis Trichardt.

The man thereafter turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. It emerged that the couple had marital problems.

In the recent past, three murder cases that are related to Gender Based Violence have been reported in the Province.

The Department’s Social Workers have attended to over 130 GBV cases since the beginning of the lockdown period.

Communities are urged to contact the GBV National Command Centre on 0800428428 where Social Workers are on standby to provide psychosocial support and assistance to the victims.

There is also a USSD number *120*7867# where people who are seeking assistance can also send a “call me back”.

“We have got a dedicated team of social workers who are working tirelessly to assist people who are facing challenges in their relationships and families. They are also able to immediately activate the nearest police who can come to the rescue of the victims.

“As the Department of Social Development we are concerned about the continuing incidents where the vulnerable people of our society are being killed on a daily basis. These senseless killings must just come to an end as they violate the basic human right of life. We also have social workers who are deployed in all the localities to be able to assist whenever there is a need to do so.” said MEC Rakgoale.

Thapelo Motseo

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