Anti-abuse campaign launched

2017-11-30 06:00
Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, MEC for Health, Dan Plato, MEC for Community Safety, Donald Grant, MEC for Transport and Public Works and residents in front of one of the security cameras, on Monday, in Town Two. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, MEC for Health, Dan Plato, MEC for Community Safety, Donald Grant, MEC for Transport and Public Works and residents in front of one of the security cameras, on Monday, in Town Two. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

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Three Western Cape MECs kick-started an international campaign against gender based violence and alcohol abuse in Town Two, Khayelitsha on Monday.

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, MEC for Health, launched the 16 Days of Activism of No violence against women and children campaign by taking part in a safety walk from Town Two to Site C.

She was joined by Dan Plato, MEC for Community Safety and Donald Grant, MEC for Transport and Public Works.

They also distributed pamphlets and interacted with residents regarding gender based violence and responsible drinking.

Mbombo said there were 56 shebeens in Town Two alone, but only three of them are licensed and there was a plan in place to address that.

She also said they have installed four security cameras in the area which will also help in the fight against crime.

The walk highlighted the importance of Alcohol Harms Reduction - Safe Spaces initiative, which is being piloted in that area.

Alcohol Harms Reduction forms part of the Provincial Strategic Goal (PSG) 3 which seeks to increase wellness and safety and tackle social ills in the province.

The provincial government has prioritized Alcohol Harms Reduction as a Game Changer, which is being rolled out in three areas: Khayelitsha Town 2, Gugulethu and Nyanga, including Paarl East.

The government is working with the City of Cape Town (CCT), the Western Cape Liquor Authority, the South African Police Service (SAPS), Law Enforcement, and 16 Advocates who are volunteers from the area, to make Town Two safer.

Research has shown that alcohol is a major contributing factor to the high number of interpersonal violent incidents, and towards the abuse of women and children.

Mbombo said there are many reported cases perpetuated against women in the area.

“We are feed-up as women. Crime levels which include rape, for instance, are very high here. This is a pilot project. We are here to highlight the effect of irresponsible drinking. Shebeens should not open non-stop.

She also said party goers should also be alert when they walk on the streets.

“We are offering alternative recreational activities and treatment services to alcohol abusers. This will assist them to lead an alcohol-free lifestyle by getting involved in the activities that we have introduced in these communities,” Mbombo said.

Recreational activities introduced in Town Two over the festive season include:

• Four-a-side soccer every Friday and Saturday from 7pm to 11pm at the Khayelitsha CBD Multi-Purpose Centre, Ekuphumleni until 13th January 2018

• Various fun activities at the Khayelitsha Multi-Purpose Centre CBD from 6 Dec to 16 Jan, 10am to 4pm. Activities include Netball, Ball skills, basketball, soccer, cricket, jumping castles.

• An ICAN Play gaming centre will also be opening at the Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn in December

Councillor Patrick Mngxunyeni, of Ward 94, applauded the initiative taken to curb crime in the area.

“We are very delighted in the area. We all want a crime free society and we have to work together to fight it,” Mngxunyeni said.

Sanele Gaqa, of Alcohol Harms Reduction Lead at the Department of the Premier, said they want to assist the shebeens to get licences which will help in promoting responsible trading of alcohol.


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