Durban – A move by government to cut Covid-19 relief funding could lead to a spike in gender-based violence cases.
This is according to former public protector Thuli Madonsela, who joined several civil society organisations across the country in pleading with the government to continue providing the much-needed R350 Social Relief of Distress grant as well as the R585 monthly grant to caregivers.
Speaking during a media briefing on Monday, Madonsela said if the government planned to withdraw the grant, “we need to push them as women and girls would bear the brunt”.
“We know that when there is distress that women and girls will pay the price as they bear the burden of care,” she said.
Madonsela said funding could be pulled from other spheres to accommodate for the payments of these grants.