JOHANNESBURG - The three-week nationwide lockdown comes into effect at midnight.
Government has imposed the measure to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
But, there are concerns it could increase incidents of gender-based violence.
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Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu is calling on community members to report any abuse.
“We must not lose sight of the violence against women and children. This is a South African scourge and that we have to continue fighting.”
Zulu added that a GBV Command Centre will operate 24 hours. The number is 0800 428 428.
Police Minister Bheki Cele said as an extra measure, the SAPS has plans to beef up the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units to deal with the threat.
He urged the community to report GBV incidents to 0800 150 150.
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