Hendrika Kruger MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Social Development
Today I visited Home of Hope in Tshwane as part of the DA’s women’s month activities. This non-profit organisation assists rural women and children who have been removed from their homes and trafficked as prostitutes.
This facility does not receive any assistance from the Gauteng Social Development Department because they aid women over the age of 18. According to legislation the Department could only provide support to the centre if they cared for girls under 18.
The visit highlighted the plight of rural women, many of whom have fallen through the cracks in the social welfare system and are left to fend for themselves or dependent on the good will of private citizens and organisations.
The DA will propose a motion in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature to ensure that the province creates an exit strategy for these women that will provide them with the necessary skills to enter the workplace.
I will also ask Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza how many people in the province have been affected by trafficking syndicates and what her Department is doing to address this phenomenon.
Rural communities in Gauteng, and especially women and children in these areas, must not be forgotten by the provincial government simply because they live beyond the reach of major urban centres. The DA will continue its efforts to ensure that all people of Gauteng – urban and rural – receive the basic services they deserve from the government.