Byline: Thendo Funyufunyu

Friday, 10 March 2023

South African Communists Party (SACP) and Congress of South African trade union (COSATU) held a joint meeting together with Govan Mbeki sub-district stakeholders on Wednesday, 08 March 2023 at Department of Social Development in eMbalenhle, Ext 4.

The meeting’s objectives were to facilitate communication between the parties and stakeholders regarding the best course of action and to launch an awareness campaign to address the problems of GBV, a higher unemployment rate, and the need for additional police stations in the eMbalenhle area.

The chairperson of COSATU, Cde Mdu Mazibuko, stated that after hearing the allegation of a man who allegedly killed his partner in Bethal in front of his 11-year-old child, they realized as an organization that the problem of GBV is rapidly growing and that they must act to put an end to it through awareness campaigns.

In addition, he addressed the subject of abortion.

According to data from the department of social development in eMbalenhle, Ext 4, both the number of abortions and the percentage of unemployment in the Govan Mbeki Municipality are on the rise.

However, he furthermore stated that they wanted to raise the problem of having one social worker office throughout the entire Govan Mbeki Municipality through an awareness campaign and that they needed more since one social worker is not enough.

Pastors were also reminded to inform and educate their congregations about GBV in church. They also pleadednwith the courts to expedite their resolutions on GBV cases.

Stakeholder and SACP together with COSATU leaders agreed with their members to participate and everyone in the community in a protest that will take place on Friday, 17 March 2023 in eMbalenhle.