Saartjie Baartman Centre to get help

The Saartjie Baartman Centre has been inundated with support since news of its possible closure.

Money problems. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Abused Women and Children has been inundated with messages of support since news of its possible closure.

Last week, it emerged that one of the centre's main funders has withdrawn, which means it may have to shut its doors at the end of May.

The centre needs around R4 million a year to stay afloat.

The centre's Synnov Skorge said, "A lot of people have come forward and pledged to work with us to prevent the facility from closing down."

The shelter provides accommodation, legal and counselling services, job-training programmes and other resources to abused women and children.

The centre was named after Saartjie Baartman, who was put on exhibition in England and France, during the 18th century.

Her body was returned to Cape Town in 2002, before she was finally laid to rest in the Eastern Cape.