“Capricorn District Municipality took a Council resolution to roll out Traditional Leaders Dialogues in all meshate in the district. We partnered with the department and various stakeholders to ensure that we create more awareness and educate our communities through dialogues,” said Cllr Solly Mahlatji addressing traditional leaders dialogue.
Kgoshi Dikgale appreciated the programme and said, “we need to engage openly about the challenge of GBV and HIV. The dialogue was led by Rathabeng Mamabolo from Father A Nation. Mr Sekoti Dikgale representing traditional leaders, appealed to the department of Social Development to deploy Social Workers and station them permanently at Meshate, “We are the first point of contact whenever there are challenges,” said Dikgale.
“Don’t keep quite about Gender Based Violence that is rooted in our homes, the cases we deal with are shocking. Women, we are part of failing the system when we don’t protect our children and that perpetuate abusive behaviour in our families,” said Dr Siyani Marima from ANOVA Health Institute.
“Substance Abuse has been identified as a common driver of GBV and HIV. Traditional Leaders have a role to play towards building families and the community as a whole,” said Kgomo Maibele speaking on Establishment of monitoring and reporting system of healing and rehabilitation of survivors of GBVF and people living with HIV.