DA supports Gender-based Violence victim

Caption of the pic (Shadow MMC Community Development Cllr Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku)

The Democratic Alliance had to step in to help a victim of gender based violence (GBV) after the South African Police Service (SAPS) refused to help her. 

A victim of GBV went to her local police station to report the incident. Instead of being protected she was turned away. According to them this was a ‘family matter’ that didn’t require police intervention.       

The motive behind their refusal became clear when it was learnt that the perpetrator is a police officer. He clearly enjoyed the protection of his colleagues. Out of desperation the victim turned to a DA councillor. According to the victim the offender threatened to kill her if she attempted to have him prosecuted. 

Under these shocking and quite frankly terrifying circumstances the DA was forced to intervene.  After an appallingly long time the victim obtained a protection order. We do not deem this to be a victory – rather we see this as a monumental failure. This country failed this woman. She lives in a country where 102 women get assaulted by their partners every day. She lives in a country where a woman is murdered by her boyfriend or husband every 12 hours.   

These statistics are horrifying, but judging by this incident, we can assume that these numbers don’t reflect reality. It should never be necessary for a political party to step in before the police takes a victim seriously.

The DA calls on the government to reinstate specialised GBV units. These units have the knowledge and training to deal with GBV cases. They will also add another layer of accountability.     

The Democratic Alliance stands with every woman and child who is a victim of violence. If we have to stand in line with you at a police station, we will do that too.

The entire country was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the GBV pandemic is largely ignored. We live in a country where the amount of Covid-19 victims are comparable to victims of GBV – but we do not see President Ramaphosa address the nation every two weeks to give an update on how many women have died at the hands of their partners.  

The DA calls on this ANC government to start taking the GBV pandemic seriously. Hundreds of thousands of women have been the victims of violence under your reign. When will you start to care about us? or_y":�r�I�ٮ

Government receives massive Covid-19 donation to help millions at state health clinics

Dettol donates 400 handwash stations and a million bars of soap to promote proper hygiene practices

Johannesburg, South Africa, 03 September 2020 – Dettol has donated 400 handwash stations and a million bars of soap to be used at public health facilities around the country. South Africa’s leading and trusted hygiene and handwashing brand recognises that these items are crucial in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. Deputy Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, officially received the donation, saying that it’s widely recognised that scaling up hygiene measures is a key intervention to prevent and minimise the spread of the virus amongst populations around the world. He added, “We are aware that water scarcity and lack of proper hygiene in facilities pose a major challenge in some of our health care facilities. Thus, these mobile stations are one of innovative measures designed to provide potable hand washing equipment where they are needed most. Primary health care facilities in districts identified as hot spots and areas without adequate hygiene facilities will benefit from this donation. 

Dettol has already begun delivery of the stations and soap directly to public health clinics countrywide. The initiative forms part of the Dettol Protects the Frontline campaign, which was launched in partnership with the National Department of Health, the Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape Departments of Health, and healthcare impact company, Triple Eight. 

Acting Gauteng MEC for Health, Jacob Mamabolo, acknowledged the importance of public–private partnerships, and hopes that they will strengthen with time, “I’d like to say to Triple Eight and Dettol that I’m going to assure you that none of the donations you are making to us will be missed in anyway or disappear or be unaccounted for. So, we’re promoting clean governance, clean administration, accountability, ethics and moral leadership as demanded by our country’s constitution and the laws that it creates. So, all this will be accounted for, and I guess that’s the reason why our province remains the destination of donations, and that’s because we uphold these very good values.”   

Dettol and Triple Eight’s campaign, with the support of government, aims to help health workers in the firing line in the battle against Covid-19 and focuses on hand hygiene behavioural change. 

Kunal Sahgal, Dettol Marketing Director, Africa, says, “We know that handwashing with soap and clean water is the first line of defence against Covid-19 and many 

other communicable diseases. In addition to the government, health and hygiene companies like Reckitt Benckiser have had an important role to play in ensuring 

access to and availability of soaps, sanitisers, and disinfectants to help communities protect themselves.”

South Africa has been severely impacted by the pandemic, which has claimed over 14 000 lives. There are just over 72 000 active cases from a total of over 625 000 confirmed cases. 

The Dettol foot-pump handwashing stations includae step-by-step instructions for correct handwashing with soap and clean water and will be placed at clinic entrances, where handwashing will be mandatory before entry. Together with the million bars of soap, this intervention will help approximately 200 000 individuals in public health facilities in South Africa each day. They will have better access to hygiene education and protection from the virus and other infectious diseases, like diarrhoea. Dr Susan Louw, Dettol Spokesperson and Pathologist at the National Health Laboratory Service, explains, “Communicable diseases, including Covid-19 and diarrhoea, are transmitted by a failure to practise basic hygiene. Research shows that washing hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways to prevent communicable diseases and can reduce diarrhoea deaths by more than 40%.” 

Dettol soaps have been tested and proven to be effective against the Covid-19 virus. This is not the first intervention by the company. Sarika Modi, Triple Eight MD, says “Over the past eight years, Dettol has partnered with us in a series of school and clinic programmes, with the full support of the Department of Health, in an effort to reduce preventable deaths from hygiene-related illnesses and to give families the gift of better health.”

Another ongoing campaign is the Dettol New Mum Programme, which has, to date, reached over 3 million mothers in public clinics in SA, giving them access to lifesaving hygiene and handwashing education. Dettol has also donated over 3 million bars of soap to help kickstart better practices in the home, at a time when good hygiene is critical to taking care of their new-born babies. The programme has also created jobs for previously unemployed mums who are trained as health workers.

President Ramaphosa to engage with SANEF

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa will this evening engage in a question-and-answer session with the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF).

The engagement is part of the President’s ongoing dialogue with different sectors of society.

It also fulfills a commitment the President gave SANEF during a similar engagement on 31 May 2020, that he would interact with SANEF and other media institutions as part of maintaining transparency and dialogue with various stakeholders in society.

As was the case on 31 May, this evening’s virtual meeting will be broadcast publicly.

“The session gives editors, senior journalists and analysts an opportunity to put questions to the President on matters of national importance, including, currently, South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to limit the spread of the COVID-19, and the national effort towards economic reconstruction,” the Presidency said in a statement. "dyna�W���

Police refute social media claims

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has refuted claims that there is a building in Pretoria being used for human trafficking.

This is after a series of social media posts depicting a building allegedly being used as a centre for human trafficking.

According to the Police, the building, which is located in Johannes Ramokhoase Street, Pretoria CBD, is in fact a residential building accommodating policemen and women.

In a statement on Tuesday, the police said the social media posts, which suggest that the building is being used for criminal activities, is misleading and untrue.

“People are urged not to post these messages any further; as such messages tend to create panic and uncertainty among citizens. Anybody caught spreading fake news is likely to face charges of defeating or obstructing the course of justice. In instances where resources are being used to respond to such fake news, every effort will be made to recover the costs of such response/s,” said the police.

The police said human trafficking affects many people around the world and the necessary sensitivity should be afforded to those affected by it.

“Human trafficking is indeed a reality and people are affected by this phenomenon globally. The spreading of fake messages on a matter of such a serious nature is not only a crime but also shows a lack of sensitivity to those affected by this crime.

“We continue to appeal to anyone who has any information on the person responsible for the creation and spreading of this message or of any other crime to please contact the SAPS our Crime Stop number 086 00 10111.”

Information may also be communicated via our MySAPSApp, an application which can be downloaded on any iPhone or Android via PlayStore.

All information will be treated with strictest confidence and callers may remain anonymous. – SAnews.gov.za

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