North West MEC for Social Development, Boitumelo Moiloa, has encouraged men and young men to utilise services of men's forums to get help to deal with anger issues that often lead to acts of violence.
This as gender-based violence has been ravaging communities across the country. Societal problems such as drug abuse have been blamed as contributors to violence.
Moiloa led the commemoration of international drug week in Klerksdorp on Friday.
The MEC said her department has launched a men's lounge where men can get the attention they need.
“We have established a men’s forum, which is a provincial structure, and then we have launched the district structures, and we also have the boys’ assembly because we can’t only concentrate on adults and leave the young ones. We were going to launch in other districts, but had to stop because of the lockdown,” Moiloa said.
She added that gender-based violence was rife in the North West and young girls are the ones who feel it the most.
“Gender-based violence is very rife in the province. You would have heard that there are victims in Mahikeng who were buried and also in Klerksdorp and the whole province. The victims that are mostly affected are young women, our girl kids are being affected,” the MEC said.
A victim of gender-based violence and founder of Restoring Youth Dignity Centre, Ntombizimile Mdaweni, said her family’s ordeal that led her to killing her husband started when he began to abuse alcohol.
“You know I realised that during the last stage of my relationship with my husband, I had an opportunity to exit the situation. It was either I leave the relationship or I refer him to a treatment centre, but I didn’t. If I could have tried that it could have worked because at that point in time I was a support system to him, I was not a subject,” said Mdaweni.
MEC Moiloa donated a cheque of half a million rand to the centre.