Stop the Bus Day Four.
It’s Saturday morning the last day of Stop the bus campaign. There are farms to visit and new people to meet.
We at the Rawsonville police station to meet with two social workers Jacque Davids and Inge Anthony. These two ladies work in the Slanghoek area, Jacque has her office at the Slanghoek Primary School.
The first farm for today is Hugo’s Kraal, The two social workers were familiar with the people at the farm as they work and visit this community. The children here were the first to welcome us and followed the two groups from home to home.At this farm people were either busy doing washing, shopping or just sitting outside soaking up the sun. On asking the people if there was any abuse, rape or domestic violence happening they said “Nee nie by ons plaas nie, by die ander plase ja.”( Not at our farm but on other farms). We hear the same at Witsel farm and Ruigervlei farm “Nee nie by ons plaas nie, by die ander plase ja”.
The team encouraged this community to look out for one another to stop abuse and to reach out to Social Development for assistance.The team explained to the people what steps they need to take when someone has been raped.
It was midday when the team visited the last farm it was getting hotter and the people more friendlier. These farm workers spoke openly about their social challenges and their concerns. They invited us into their homes and asked us to sit, the team spent quite a while listening to them. The social workers encourage the people to come to the office with their problems.
Now it was off to Worcester police station to drop off booklets and pamphlets. The co-ordinator Evelynne Moses took the team members through debriefing and also thank each member for the part they have played on this trip. Tomorrow 10 am the Bus will be returning to Cape Town.
Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust wishes to thank our donor Department of Social Development (DSD) that made Stop the Bus 2012 possible.