Sun. May 19th, 2024

Sharna Fernandez, the Minister of Social Development for the Western Cape, graced the formal inauguration of the Thuthuzela Care Centre (TCC) in Stellenbosch, alongside esteemed dignitaries including Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development John Jeffery and National Director of Public Prosecutions Advocate Shamila Batohi.

Operated by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the TCC serves as a comprehensive support hub for victims of gender-based violence (GBV), offering a multitude of services under one roof.

The collaborative initiative receives backing from various entities, including the Western Cape Department of Social Development, the Health and Wellness Department, the Justice and Correctional Services Department, the South African Police Service, NGOs, and the commercial sector.

Under the sponsorship of the Department, NGO Stellcare will provide round-the-clock psychological support services at the Stellenbosch TCC, encompassing vital counseling and assistance crucial for the welfare and safety of clients.

Minister Fernandez underscored the pivotal role of effective collaboration in ensuring comprehensive support for all individuals affected by GBV, emphasizing the TCC’s significance as a sanctuary and lifeline for victims and survivors.

Reflecting on the collective responsibility of those involved, Fernandez emphasized the importance of fostering a supportive environment where every individual who seeks assistance leaves feeling comforted and hopeful.

Since 2019, Thuthuzela Care Centres and DSD-supported GBV shelters in the Western Cape have extended psychosocial aid to over 21,000 individuals annually, marking a significant stride in addressing GBV challenges. With the launch of the Stellenbosch TCC, the province now boasts nine operational Thuthuzela Centres, further enhancing support infrastructure for victims of gender-based violence.

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