Alcohol abuse ‘main driver’ of GBVF pandemic - Nkoana-Mashabane

Alcohol abuse ‘main driver’ of GBVF pandemic - Nkoana-Mashabane

Minister for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says alcohol abuse remains one of the driving forces behind gender-based-violence and femicide. 


She was speaking during a webinar role of alcohol abuse in the alarming rates of GBVF hosted by government and the United Nations Women. 


Nkoana-Mashabane said the ministry is concerned about the lifting of the ban on the sale of alcohol. 


“Statistics show that South Africa is one of the most violent places in the world and femicide in our country is five times higher than the global average and at the same time that the use of alcohol in South Africa is among the highest in the African continent and the world.

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“Alcohol abuse has a huge impact on users, their families and communities, resulting in a number of social, psychological & economic ills. These ills have a bearing on the family unit, health systems, education and community relations.”

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