Portfolio committee members of Parliament on Social Development have raised concerns over the rising number of gender-based violence and femicide cases which have been reported in South Africa over the past few weeks.
There has been no less than five killings of women allegedly murdered by their partners or former partners in the Gauteng and the Western Cape provinces.
Growing calls for the implementation of a national strategic plan on gender-based violence has put government under pressure this time around.
Last week, a briefing by the department of social development’s portfolio committee on progress that has been made so far regarding the implementation of gender-based violence and femicide emergency response plan happened.
Improvement in accessing justice for victims and survivors were among some of the interventions the department is aiming to make.
In that same vain, the department wants 169 non-profit organisations which will provide direct services to victims of gender-based violence and femicide to receive funding.
Furthermore, they are calling for a strong collaboration between the department’s gender-based violence command centre and the SAPS to make sure that all cases which the centre refers to police are investigated and there must be prosecution.
“Men and boys must become active in the fight against gender-based violence,” the committee said.