By Staff Reporter
QWAQWA – In pursuit to cater for vulnerable women and children who became victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV), the Free State MEC for Department of Social Development, Mamiki Qabathe has unveiled a shelter for victims empowerment at Makwane village.
To better the lives of some of the most vulnerable residents within the rural areas, the Social Development has partnered with Thusanang Advice Centre, a non-profit organisations, that render emergency support for domestic violence victims and a shelter for accommodation to victims of crime and violence, and children in a crisis where their safety is at risk in the QwaQwa area of Makwane.
Speaking at the launch of the shelter, Social Development MEC Mamiki Qabathe said the provision of safe spaces for GBV victims was a crucial component for her department to ensure that there is a support for victims of GBV.
“This is a safe house and a place of safety for women who were victims of GBV. It’s not supposed be known by many people as their abusers might know where they are being protected.” Said Qabathe.
Founder of Thusanang Advice Centre, and a Shelter, Nomsebenzi Jassie Nhlapo, said: “We would like to thank the provincial Department of Social Development for refurbishing this shelter in the rural area, to be used as safe spaces for victims of violence and abuse” she said.
Meanwhile, this launch was followed by Social Development Deputy Minster’s Overdose Awareness Campaign which was held at Lusaka Community Hall as the 31 of August marks the International Overdose Awareness Day.
MEC Mamiki Qabathe alongside the executive mayor of Maluti-a-phofung Gilbert Mokotso joined the Deputy minister Handrietta Bogopane – Zulu program and the rest of the world in reflecting the significant of this day.
In her address, Bogopane – Zulu said Overdosing becomes worse if one drinks alcohol before the age of 18.
“Today we are here to join the whole world in reminding the people of Maluti-A-Phofung that overdose does not always end in death”
She said many people usually overdose on stuff they are not even aware of, like overdosing on things like caffeine in coffee and tea or over-the-counter and prescription medication.