Extract from the address by the Minister of Women, Susan Shabangu, in the National Assembly today.

Debate on Gender-Based Violence.

We welcome and support the Namola App, which has been initiated and rolled-out nationally. Since its launch, there have been more than 100 000 downloads. Namola is a crime response app that allows users to share their GPS coordinates, name and nature of the emergency with a 24/7 response call centre.

This online panic button guarantees users a call back within 90 seconds. It points out the exact location, making it easy for emergency services and the Police to respond effectively. Cellphones are useful tools in our fight against gender-based violence.

Dialdirect, is sponsoring the Namola App and I am pleased to work with Namola’s Chief Ambassador, Yusuf Abramjee, who is here with us today. It is from initiatives like these that more South Africans are reporting crime and gender-based violence.

Together with the Minister of Police, we have endorsed Namola App and I urge everyone, especially women, to download the App and report Crime!

I am also pleased that the business sector has taken a stand in supporting the fight against crime and violence against women and children.

First4Women is investing money in fighting gender-based violence. Other companies and NGO’s are also following suit. We can only do more as a collective.

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