VUT organizes a GBV Awareness Campaign for its Protection Services staff
By: Moeketsi Montshitsi – 11 December 2023
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) condemns Gender Based Violence (GBV) in all its forms and ensures that its stakeholders are aware and protected from this pandemic. GBV can include sexual, physical, mental, and economic harm inflicted in public or in private. It also includes threats of violence, coercion, and manipulation. Releasing second-quarter crime statistics for 2023/2024, Police Minister Bheki Cele reported that South Africa has recorded 10,516 rapes, 1,514 cases of attempted murder, and 14,401 assaults against female victims in July, August, and September this year.
To raise awareness about this scourge, VUT Protection Service’s Liaison Officers Ms. Dorcas Sekhoto and Ms. Gladys Mkwanazi in collaboration with Sebokeng SAPS organised the GBV Awareness Campaign for Sebokeng Campus Security Officers and the event was held at Science Park Boipatong Auditorium on the 6th of December 2023.
The Program from SAPS was led by Sergeant Letshele from SAPS District Office who is a Social Crime Prevention (SCP) Coordinator accompanied by Sergeant Molefi from Sebokeng SAPS who is a SCP Coordinator and a Program Director of the day. They were also accompanied by Mrs. Busisiwe Dube from Indibano Victim Empowerment Program as well as Ms N.T. Shabalala from the Department of Community Safety as a Crime Prevention Warden from Sebokeng SAPS.
This initiative also came as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based-Violence which begins annually from the 25th of November until the 10th of December to create awareness in South Africa and globally as initiated by United Nations Women. All above mentioned SAPS speakers emphasized the fact that GBV must be reported whether at work, in public or at home as it has a negative effect in the upbringing of children as well and they later repeat the same mistake as adults to their families.
Mrs. Tshepiso Matsoso, who works as a Social Auxiliary Worker under the Crime Programme at the Department of Social Development, also gave a talk stressing that their offices are open and guarantee confidentiality for their clients, and that they can also refer their clients to upper offices if they require more intense attention based on the nature of their cases.
Both Ms. Sekhoto and Ms. Mkwanazi saw a need to organise this awareness campaign for their colleagues who also need support as far as GBV is concerned and they are planning to organise this programme in a week’s time for their colleagues as well at the VUT Vanderbijlpark Campus.