ACS PARTNERS WITH MOSAIC TO COMBAT GBV IN THE KHAYELITSHA COMMUNITY

The ACS team sat down with the Mosaic staff to gain a better understanding from the ground staff on what it is they do, and the day-to-day challenges they face.

Gender base violence is a widespread and profound problem in South Africa, impacting many aspects of life. The truth is none of us are okay, we wake up each day to news reports of rape and murder, women and young girl children are victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV), and this must change.

The need for change is not only imperative but of national importance, GBV is a societal norm that requires action, reform, education, and prosecution of perpetrators. One of the NGOs on the front lines of the fight against GBV is Mosaic Training Service & Healing centre, based in the Western Cape and Gauteng Provinces and an integral part of communities in combating GBV and providing victim support, care and advocacy to ensure long-term change. As part of the Social Economic development initiative, ACS partnered with the Mosaic Training service & Healing Centre to assisting their work within the Western Cape province.

The ACS team sat down with the Mosaic staff to gain a better understanding from the ground staff on what it is they do, and the day-to-day challenges they face.

The meeting took place in the heart of Khayelitsha, at one of the Mosaic team’s offices, based in the Khayelitsha district hospital. Speaking on behalf Mosaic, Teresai Mchuchu-MacMillan said, “Victims do get linked to social workers, we have internal and external referrals, we do short-, medium- and long-term counselling to ensure sustainable recovery.” Teresai continued to explain how the organisation works hand in hand with the South African Police Service and the Courts to assist victims to recover and reintegrate with society.

“The service that Mosaic provide to the Khayelitsha and Michelle’s Plain communities, as well as the greater Western Cape community is incomparable, as ACS we are more than pleased to play our part in assisting such a great organisation do outstanding work. The passion all the employees displayed for what they individually do within the organisation is refreshing to see, especially considering the work they all do” Said Fisani Nyandeni, Acting Senior Manager: Corporate Affairs, ACS.

The organisation faces many challenges, Teresai added “During hard (COVID-19) lockdown, reported GBV cases went down, but numbers spiked up again once the lockdown eased, this is not because there was no violence, but because help seeking behaviour stopped. People felt trapped in their homes, and the presence of the military in certain areas also added to the fear of reporting these crimes. So, our social workers had to team up with the SAPS so they can go out and assist victims in the communities”  

As ACS, one of our mandates is to address the needs of communities, and the work that Mosaic Training Service& Healing centre is doing is not easy but necessary. GVB has South Africa in a chokehold but listening to the people fighting against it on the ground, there’s hope and there will be change.” Shirley Mnisi, Senior Manager HR,ACS.

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