Protesters seek increased funding for abused women and children's shelters

A group of women braved the chilling cold weather in Cape Town to protest in Parliament for increased funding for shelters for abused women and children.

Speaking to Pippa Hudson, director of the Saartjie Baartman Centre Bernadine Bachar says the met with Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu outside Parliament.

She says one of their demands is that the government must ensure that shelter personnel are paid more than the national minimum wage.

We handed over a memorandum to the minister with a number of demands, basically asking for uniform funding as well as uniform services for all provinces.

Bernadine Bachar, Director - Saartjie Baartman Centre

Some of the provinces get as little as R9 per person funding while other provinces get R71 per person. There is a huge variant in that amount.

Bernadine Bachar, Director - Saartjie Baartman Centre

Some provinces are waiting for up to four months for their funding while in other provinces it is always on time.

Bernadine Bachar, Director - Saartjie Baartman Centre

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