Gender-based violence costs billions yearly

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Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Susan Shabangu says gender-based violence costs the country about R42 billion annually, according to police statistics.

She has been speaking at the official launch of the 16 Days of Activism campaign at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.

Shabangu has also called for more campaigns to curb human trafficking, which she says is on the rise in the country.

“We would like further awareness campaigns to be undertaken about human trafficking because it is real and it affects many in our country especially young women. Everyone must be made aware of different ways in which people are enticed, drugged and eventually trafficked out of the country for various nefarious purposes,” says Shabangu.

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