Cape Town Mayor, Dan Plato, has commended women for showing strength during the COVID-19 pandemic, as South Africa marks Women’s Day.

Plato’s spokesperson Lyndon Khan says, “Mayor Dan Plato says the city would like to pay special tribute to the women working on the frontlines to ensure our residents receive services and healthcare. The women leading their families through this pandemic and to the hundreds of women running feeding schemes and soup kitchens within the metro to feed thousands of those in need.”

The number of coronavirus infections has increased by 7 712. This brings the cumulative number of infections in the country to 553 188.

South Africa has breached the 10 000 mark in fatalities related to complications of COVID-19. This after 301 more people have died of COVID-19 related complications in the country.

 

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Meanwhile, advocate Leslie Morris has been tasked by the Western Cape Community Safety Department to monitor gender-based violence and domestic violence cases in the Court Watching Brief Unit.

Community Safety Minister Albert Fritz made the announcement on Saturday. As part of the department’s oversight mandate, Morris will report on cases which courts have struck off their rolls due to police incompetency.

Minister Fritz’s spokesperson Cayla Ann Tomás Murray says, “Advocate Morris has previously assisted the unit with outlining departmental guidelines on how to obtain a protection order and held workshops within communities, both rural and urban, on what domestic violence is and how to obtain a protection order. Monthly meetings will be held with the Department of Social Development to assist the Victim Empowerment Unit in identifying cases that may need assistance of the Court Watching Unit.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the 2020 National Women’s Day keynote address on Sunday. It will be held virtually due to the national lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The address will be under the global Generation Equality campaign with the theme: “Generation Equality: Realising women’s rights for an equal future.”

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