HOSPERSA REITERATES CALLS FOR NATIONAL GENDER BASED VIOLENCE ACTION PLAN
06 March 2019
Hospersa has called on Government to expedite finalising the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and femicide. This call comes after GBV was once again in the spotlight when a social media video of a popular South African musician being assaulted, allegedly by her boyfriend, went viral yesterday. The Union also demands strong action against perpetrators of GBV and an improvement in the public health care system in dealing with cases of assault to ensure victims receive adequote assistance.
On 04 March 2019, a video went viral showing Bongekile “Babes Wodumo” Simelane being assaulted, allegedly by her boyfriend Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo. It is reported that Babes Wodumo has since filed assault charges against Mampintsha at the Westville Police Station in Durban, following the incident.
“We condemn any act of Gender Based Violence and call on the country’s judiciary to exercise the full might of the law against those found guilty of these violent crimes,” said Hospersa Public Relations Officer Kevin Halama. “Gender-Based Violence should not be tolerated and this incident provides Government with an opportunity to send a clear message to other perpetrators. Should Government fail to make a bold statement, it would normalise these violent acts and send a discouraging message to other victims of abuse” said Halama.
Hospersa has also called on Government to finalise the NSP on GBV and femicide after declaring at the Presidential Summit Against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide in November last year that the plan would be developed within six (6) months.
According to the Union, the action plan must be similar to the National Strategy Plan for HIV/AIDS and it must be multi-sectoral with adequate human and financial resources. Hospersa has called for dedicated and specialised services to be given to GBV victims and assault victims in public health facilities. In addition, the Union calls for additional specialised staff to be trained and employed within the health sector as GBV specialists, the implementation of the Department of Health’s (DoH) Sexual Assault Guideline 2005, debriefing for health care workers who are working with GBV victims and sexual assault victims as well as a national campaign specifically speaking to the health system’s role in providing efficient service to GBV victims.
“A national action plan will address the gaps that currently exist in the system and empower the health care workers to handle GBV cases more diligently,” said Halama. “Victims of GBV need to be received by well trained health workers who understand their biological and psycho-social needs in order to provide the relevant comfort, advise and appropriate medical treatment. It is therefore crucial for the health sector to provide a specialised, comprehensive, compassionate and proactive service to victims of violence, especially in a country like ours where violent crimes are at an alarming rate,” added Halama.
“We call on all South Africans, civil society organisations and political organisations to unite in the fight against GBV. It should not wait for a video to go viral or even a victim to lose her life before real action is taken against this violent crime,” concluded Halama.
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