WC women's shelters struggling

WC has a shortage of shelters for abused women and their children.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The manager of a shelter on Thursday said it was disappointing that there are only a few places of safety for abused women.

The Sisters Incorporated Shelter accommodates about 30 women and their children.

They come from all walks of life.

The place of safety's Linda Fugard said there are only 53 proper shelters for women in the entire county.

Fugard added securing funding is a continuous battle.

"We do get a third of our running costs from Social Development. This year we also got part of our funding from the Lottery, but unfortunately we only received one fifth of what we actually requested so that has put us in a deficit of over R800,000."

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz admitted there are too few shelters to cope with the demand.

He said they are addressing the issue.

"In conjunction with the ngo's we will find ways of addressing the problem."

Meanwhile, Rape Crisis is facing closure due to a lack of funding. The non-profits organisation has three shelters in Cape Town.

They offer counselling to rape survivors.

According to police statistics, a woman is raped every 10 minutes in South Africa.

Recently, a 94-year-old grandmother was raped in front of her great-grandchildren in KwaZulu-Natal.