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Saartjie Baartman Centre in financial crisis

The Saartjie Baartman centre for abused women and children may be forced to close its doors.

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CAPE TOWN - The Saartjie Baartman Centre for abused women and children could shut its doors at the end of May if it does not receive enough money.

The centre, which assists hundreds of abused victims each year, has faced a cash crisis since one of its main donors - the National Lotteries Board withdrew its funding.

Saartjie Baartman Centre Director, Synnov Skorge, said the need for their service is growing each day.

“At the moment we are already in a position where we are turning 18 to 20 women away a day that are wanting a safe place to stay, because the shelter is so full.”

She said they desperately need donors.

“The demand on our services in growing by the day…The centre has money left for one month.”

(Edited by Lisa Bartlett)

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