Plato says Cape Town is tackling Gender Based Violence

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Cape Town Mayor, Dan Plato, says the city is striving to find ways to reduce what he says are the stubborn high levels of gender based violence in the city.

Plato says numbers keep climbing despite several programmes and interventions. He was speaking at the launch of the 16 Days of Activism campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children in Athlone.

He announced a R2- million fund for the formation of task teams that will cover the most violent communities like Mannenberg, Nyanga, Kraaifontein, Hanover Park and Atlantis.

Plato says the teams will include academics in the fields of criminology and pyschology, as well as religious leaders and community activists.

“It’s not a case of doing another piece of research, there’s lots of research done, but even with the research done nothing seems to happen, its a continued kind of search for the best recipe, we need to get to that best recipe, and you can only do that with continued efforts, putting shoulder against the wheel but also with the necessary budget .”