Limpopo receives SA’s first built for purpose Thuthuzela Care Centre to curb GBV

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16 days of Activism for no violence against women and Children 2022 campaign officially kicked off 25 November and will end 10 December 2022.

To commemorate the start of 16 Days of Activism against GBV and to help fight the scourge of sexual abuse as well as gender-based violence against women and children, Glencore Alloys along with its

partners; the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), SAPS, Department of Health and Social Development handed over the first stand-alone Thuthuzela Care Centre in Limpopo – which will offer victims of abuse all the required services and assistance they need in just one facility.

Through various research, Glencore Alloys found that some of the barriers to successful prosecution in a case involve the various aspects that victims have to deal with, from getting a rape kit, laying a charge and getting a case number, to receiving counselling, where victims may often become discouraged which then makes apprehension of perpetrators difficult.

Glencore Alloys along with its partners seeks to change that notion by the establishment of Thuthuzela Care Centres.

Ribbon Cutting ceremony 

Thuthuzela Care Centres are facilities that have been introduced as a critical part of the country’s anti-rape strategy with the aim to reduce secondary victimisation and to build a case file ready for successful prosecution. Whereas in the past, victims had to visit several other facilities to access additional support such as opening a case, or getting access to trained health care professionals, the new Dilokong Thuthuzela Care Centre is set to be the blueprint for future Thuthuzela Care centres as it will cater to a victim’s every need, in one place.

It was a monumental affair, a powerful movement tirelessly trying to curb the scourge of gender based violence and sexual abuse in South Africa.

In attendance was Premier of Limpopo Chupu Stanley Mathabatha, Limpopo MEC of Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba, MEC of Social Development Namane Masemola, NPA officials South African Police Services led by Provincial Commissioner Major General Manala as well as other representatives.

SA POSITIVE NEWS applauds Glencore Alloys, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), SAPS, Department of Health and Social Development for this outstanding initiative.

By Sinenzolo Mondi – Nduku