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Calls to state’s abuse hotline spike by 200% in lockdown


Calls to state’s abuse hotline spike by 200% in lockdown

The centre has received nearly 50,000 pleas for help since lockdown began and activists say it’s the tip of the iceberg

Senior reporter

The state’s gender-based violence (GBV) command centre has seen a 200% increase in calls from women and children since the start of lockdown.

Stringent controls imposed on movement have seen the abused locked away with those who torment them, pushing pleas for aid into overdrive, the department of social development told Times Select.

A string of bloody killings, including the deaths of Tshegofatso Pule, Sanelisiwe Mfaba and Naledi Phangindawo, has thrust the issue of GVB to the fore. Their deaths brought to 21 the number of people killed in three weeks...

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