FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
11 February 2020
MEC KHOZA TO ACT AGAINST THE BRUTAL ASSAULT OF A FEMALE EDUCATOR IN NONGOMA
KWAZULU-NATAL MEC for Social Development, Mrs Nonhlanhla Khoza, has dispatched a team of social workers to assess the condition of an educator who has been allegedly brutally assaulted by her husband Nongoma under the Zululand District.
The MEC has described the incident as the worse form of gender-based violence. Speaking after learning about the incident, she remarked: “We commend the survivor and the family for finally breaking up the silence after years of abuse in the hands of someone who is trusted by the community in the village. In addition, we are comforted by the fact that the Commission for Gender Equality will be assigning lawyers to take up this matter on behalf of the victim.”
“It should be remembered that our Premier Sihle Zikalala instructed the Department of Social Development, all members of the executive council and all elected public representatives to adopt and implement an integrated programme involving all spheres of government in order to fight the scourge of gender-based violence,” MEC Khoza added.
She further said: “In this regard, I will be personally mobilizing other MECs, mayors, traditional leaders and Non-Government Organizations to pay special attention to this incident in KwaMinya village, Nongoma. We must hold hands and condemn the violence perpetrated against women in all corners of the province.”
MEC Khoza said with regards to this case, the department dispatched a team of social workers to provide psycho-social to the children of the survivor of the GBV who have been exposed to this violence which has been going on for years.
"In order to deal with this matter effectively, my office will be working with the MEC for Education, Mr. Kwazi Mshengu, MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mr. Bheki Ntuli, MEC for Health, Ms. Nomagugu-Simelane and MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Nomusa Dube-Ncube."
She indicated: “I wish to assure the affected victim and the family that I have been assured of speed in dealing with this matter - in line with a call from our Premier and President Cyril Ramaphosa. They have said law enforcement agencies must have no mercy. This perpetrator, irrespective of his position in Nongoma, must be punished if found guilty of this gruesome act."
The Department of Social Development has employed 180 social workers to deal specifically with cases of gender-based violence in our communities.
MEC Khoza urged the law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in dealing with all perpetrators of gender-based violence in communities. She further made a passionate plea to the victims not to bury their eyes on the ground while suffering constant abuse from those who are supposed to protect them.
MEC Khoza urged victims of the gender-base violence not to suffer in silence but contact department call centre on 086 158 3000
NB: In order to protect children – the MEC has offered not to mention the name of the survivor of this gender-based violence.
ISSUED BY THE KZN DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
064 186 6854