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DWYPD called out for irregular formation of GBVF National Council

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The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust has released a statement calling out the DWYPD for allegedly contravening legislation in the formation of the GBVF Council.

The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust released a statement on Thursday, 22 October 2020, calling out the Department of Women, Youth and Person with Disabilities (DWYPD). This after the trust opted not to nominate any office bearers to be on the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide.

The formation of the council was a resolution that was pronounced earlier in the year, however, it has taken time to get off the ground. In the statement, the trust squarely placed the blame on Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane for allegedly attempting to bypass legislation and compliance with the outlined framework and directives.

The statement further alluded to the department’s supposed incompetence, stating, “The DWYPD has not done any meaningful engagement with the civil society to establish this irregular Board of Trustees. Instead, it has simply stated that ‘legislation will take too long.’”

Read the full statement below.

Sabelo Makhubo
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