Edendale: Residents march to raise awareness about gender-based violence

2011-06-02 00:00

NURSES, police and community members in the greater Edendale area staged a peaceful walk from Edendale Hospital to Edendale Crossing Mall yesterday to spread awareness of the importance of reporting the abuse of women and children.

Operation “Khuluma Sikuzwe” (speak out and be heard) is an initiative of the Thuthuzela Care Centre (TCC) which was opened on November 30, 2010, in collaboration with various stakeholders.

TCC is part of the Edendale Hospital and specialises in dealing with gender-based violence cases, which have been on the increase in the past three months, according to the co-ordinator Thenjiwe Ngcobo.

“Ever since the official launch of TCC, the hospital has been flooded with patients seeking help with gender-based violence cases because they can relate their stories better now,” says Ngcobo.

She says this gave them a reason to launch Operation Khuluma Sikuzwe as a means to reach out to people who do not know about the care centre in the greater Edendale area.

“This is the first initiative to reach out to the victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse and human trafficking, said Ngcobo. “However, there will be other initiatives that we will take to ensure that the message reaches a wider audience.”

Warrant Officer Sipho Ngcamu of Plessislaer encouraged the community to report cases of gender-based violence by working with the police.

He said that if the community does not keep a watchful eye on the culprits and fails to report incidents, it becomes difficult for the police to do their job.

Ngcamu urged community members to phone 10111 or Crime Stop at 086 001 011, if they want to remain anonymous. If they are calling to report child abuse they should phone Childline at 080 005 5555.

The department of Justice and Health, the SA Police Force and Lifeline offer information to members of the community at Edendale Crossing Mall.

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