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‘Time for talking is over’
Violence at Limpopo health facilities has to stop.

The recent spate of brutal attacks on women has led to a massive outcry by the public, calling for the protection of women.

While mass marches were held and schools organised services to call for a stop against violence against women and children, non-profit organisations also made their voices heard.

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children in Manenberg is one of the organisations that deal with gender-based violence (GBV) daily.

The staff at the centre have been left distressed and angered by the ever-escalating violence against women and children.

“We remain determined to increase our efforts to eradicate GBV, especially by way of our advocacy and lobbying platforms and outreach programmes,” said Bernadine Bachar, director of the centre.

The facility is a one-stop centre for women and children who are survivors of abuse.

Asked what they reckon should be done to address the attacks on women, Bachar responded with a lengthy list.

“Government needs to take action now. The time for talking is over. Our government has consistently failed the most vulnerable members of our society. The police and the department of justice need to account for, and address systemic failures within their departments. Financial resources are needed to ensure that all sectors are adequately funded to address the national crisis. The provision of bail for alleged perpetrators of GBV must be repealed and harsher sentencing by our criminal courts is also critical,” Bachar explains.

She says society can also play their part.

“The struggle against GBV is a societal struggle and the responsibility of every person. Education about GBV, its impact and consequences, must start in the home”.

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