Institutions meant to tackle gender-based violence are failing us, says activist

The government institutions that are meant to address gender-based violence are failing women, says activist Koketso Moeti.

Moeti, dxecutive director of social activism group Amandla.Mobi, says there is a great deal of victim-blaming done by individuals with institutional power to take action.

We see people with institutional power handing over responsibility to act to the people who are themselves victims.

Koketso Moeti, Executive Director at Amandla.Mobi

This week, Amandla.Mobi and SonkeGender Justice attempted to handover a campaign to Minister Susan Shabangu from the Department of Women.

Read: Public slams Shabangu over comments on abuse, others say she was misunderstood

The petition, supported by over 3 000 people, calls for a commitment to the development and implementation of a National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence.

Moeti discussed the assault case facing Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana and other cases, including the killing of Karabo Mokoena.

Take a listen:

Mbalula launches campaign against gender-based violence

Meanwhile, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has unveiled a six-point plan aimed at addressing gender-based violence in the country.

Mbalula says the police’s initiative to fight gender-based violence will consolidate efforts to deal with crimes against vulnerable members of society.

The minister has also stressed that no victim of gender-based violence should be turned away from police stations, reports EWN's Thando Khubeka.

He concedes that implementation of initiatives to curb violence against women has been lagging in the police ministry.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

He says the implementation of the new plan will be monitored on an ongoing basis.

Take a listen to the EWN update:

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