by Safiyia Stanfley MPL – Provincial Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance Women’s Network in the Northern Cape
Date: 05 June 2017
Type: Press Statement
Now that the Child Protection Week campaign has come to an end for 2017, the Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape calls on all spheres of government and civil society to continue protecting the rights of our children.
With Child Protection Week over, government must remember and uphold the promises it made to protect, and to provide for, the vulnerable members of our society.
There are many civil society organisations doing excellent work for children. But the reality is that government reduces their subsidies to NGO’s based on so-called “financial constraints”. If your minister of social development can spend nights on end at the luxurious Oyster Box Hotel, you can certainly afford to support NGO’s properly!
There are many professional, dedicated police officers who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist victims of crime. But police stations remain understaffed, ill-equipped and poorly resourced. While complaint forms and rape kits are in short supply, the provincial SAPS commissioner can use the province’s only police helicopter to fly him to Wimpy for breakfast!
We cannot become complacent when children face unacceptably high levels of violence and abuse. Child Protection Week might be over, but the DA will remain committed to fighting for those who can’t fight themselves.
Safiyia Stanfley MPL
Provincial Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance Women’s Network in the Northern Cape
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