2014 Budget vote speeches and comment from the Shukumisa campaign

On 16 July, the Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, and her deputy, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu gave their budget vote speeches in parliament.

The Shukumisa Campaign responded with comment on the effectiveness of the department’s spending priorities, especially with respect to the Command Centre for gender-based violence.

Read our statement  here (Adobe pdf)

Text of 2014 Budget Vote Speech by Minister B Dlamini (Adobe pdf)
Text of 2014 Budget Vote Speech by Deputy Minister HI Bogopane-Zulu (Adobe pdf)

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Justice for rape victims? by Joy Watson

Charges against a man accused of raping and setting alight a nine-year old girl were dropped in last week. Before dying, the girl named her attacker. The Director of Public Prosecutions decided to provisionally withdraw the charges pending further investigation. This has been attributed to the fact that the forensic evidence against the man was described as being “technical, complicated and would take an undetermined amount of time” to process. Some of the evidence has been analysed, but the results of the analysis are inconclusive. The remaining evidence will require a longer process and the State is unable to say when this will be finalised. The man had faced charges of abduction, sexual assault, rape and murder.  

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NGOs are in trouble financially

No free rides for NGOs by Amanda Watson

Originally published in The Citizen newspaper on 9 June 2014

There is no easy way to say it: The non-profit-organisation sector is in deep trouble.

“Funding is political,” said Lisa Vetten of the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research.

“Whether it comes from the state, donors, or corporate social investment, it reflects what our political priorities are and – of course – what are not,” said Vetten at a seminar on funding.  

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Shukumisa letter to parliament 4 June 2014

For attention:

  1. Hon. B Mbete – Speaker: National Assembly, Parliament of South Africa
  2. Hon. T Modise – Chairperson: National Council of Provinces, Parliament of South Africa


  1. Hon. P Mabe – Member: National Assembly, Parliament of South Africa
  2. Hon. L Greyling – Member: National Assembly, Parliament of South Africa
  3. Hon. L van der Merwe – Member: National Assembly, Parliament of South Africa
  4. Mr. M Shozi – Chairperson: Commission on Gender Equality
  5. Adv. ML Mushwana – Chairperson: South African Human Rights Commission

The Shukumisa Campaign would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your respective appointments as the Speaker of the National Assembly and Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces. We look forward to a fruitful engagement with you in the coming term.

The Shukumisa Campaign was developed in 2008 by members of the National Working Group on Sexual Offences (NWGSO). The NWGSO was originally formed in 2004 to advocate around the proposed Sexual Offences Bill. On the Bill’s enactment in late 2007, the NWGSO turned its focus to the implementation of the Act via the Shukumisa Campaign. The Shukumisa Campaign has a vision of a South Africa with well crafted, well implemented sexual offences legislation and a strong criminal justice system that supports rape survivor’s access to justice and provides a clear deterrent to rapists.  

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Invitation to seminar: Engaging the state around the funding of social services

The global recession of 2008 marked the tightening of funding to South Africa’s non-profit sector, further accelerated by some donors’ subsequent decision to channel their funds away from middle income countries such as South Africa to lower income countries. Changes in the policies and procedures of the Lotto Fund also provoked a series of crises and closures, pushing many organisations to increasing reliance upon the Department of Social Development for funding. But this relationship has not gone uncontested either and this seminar examines how organisations have sought to engage with the state in seeking financial support for social services, many of which are largely used by poor women and their children.  

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  • The Shukumisa Campaign


    About Us

    Welcome to the Shukumisa website, an online resource for

    • rape survivors and their families
    • concerned citizens
    • community activists

    The word Shukumisa means to shake or stir things up

    The Shukumisa Campaign was created in 2008 and aims to stir and shake up public and political will to develop and implement policies related to sexual offences

    Imagine a South Africa where:

    • Everyone treats rape as a serious crime
    • Quality Health, Policing and Legal services are available to all rape survivors, everywhere
    • All women are free to move around as they please, dressed as they please
    • Rape victims aren’t stereotyped in our media
    • We are all included in the development of laws that affect our lives and our communities.

    You can join us by:

    • Adding your voice to our Facebook discussions
    • Supporting our activities, or suggesting them
    • Writing to the media and Government to complain when the law fails rape survivors
    • Getting involved with organisations linked to the Shukumisa Campaign