Port Shepstone Hospital opens care centre for victims of rape

2010-12-03 00:00

PORT Shepstone Regional Hospital has opened its new Thuthuzela care centre, which will offer a range of support measures for victims of rape.

The centre, which was funded by the National Prosecuting Authority and the government of Denmark, was opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the hospital on Wednesday, which was World Aids Day.

At a meeting before the opening , the chairperson of the hospital board, Mpumelelo Zikalala, said the centre would provide an important service to rape victims, because the sooner victims of rape get help the better it is for them”.

Thuthuzela care centres are one-stop facilities that have been introduced as a critical part of South Africa’s anti-rape strategy, aiming to reduce secondary trauma for the victim, improve conviction rates and reduce the cycle time for finalising cases.

Bokellang Khave, a representative of the Danish consulate, shared Zikalala’s enthusiasm about the new centre.

“The government of Denmark is very proud to be a part of this significant event. These centres are very important as they empower women and children who have been through a crisis” she said.

Khave added that the new centre is a good investment and that it will play a vital role in giving hope to victims of rape.

“I hope that the centre will encourage women and children to take control of their own lives. It is my wish that it will serve as a place of hope for all of those who will require the services that the centre can offer them.”

After a performance of song and dance by a hospital choir and the singing of the national anthem, the centre was declared officially open to loud cheers from the audience.

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