MEC Mamiki Qabathe attended a gala dinner at the Methodist Church in Southern Africa on Sunday, October 2, 2022, to address the role of churches in addressing social injustices. Mokala Montle district in Mangaung hosted a gala dinner where Qabathe was given a platform to highlight the important role churches would play if they got involved in the fight against gender-based violence and femicide (GBV), l alcohol and drug abuse, gangsterism and other diseases.
“Qabathe encourages churches not only to focus on services but also to become centers of development in order to help the government deal with these social ills, stating that the churches and the government have the same vision of ensure that people live in a just and peaceful society. ”.
OFM News previously reported that the Free State government has made significant strides in helping victims of GBV in the province. The scourge of femicide continues in the province and across the country. OFM News previously reported that at least 3,811 victims received psychosocial support, with 167 women admitted to the safe house and five shelters.
On August 26, 2022, Free State Prime Minister Sisi Ntombela, together with MEC for Social Development Mamiki Qabathe, launched another shelter for victims of GBVF in Sasolburg.
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