Department of Higher Education and Training
The Policy Framework to address Gender-Based Violence in the Post School Education and Training System (PSET) is in place.
The higher education and training department published the Policy Framework in Government Gazette 43575.
In a statement, the department declared that the Policy Framework is in line with government’s initiatives aimed at combating the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) pandemic and challenging patriarchal practices in South African society.
The Draft Policy Framework was published for comment in 2019.
It was drafted in terms of the Continuing Education and Training Act and the Higher Education Act.
The department pointed out that the Policy Framework seeks to create an “enabling environment for the eradication of GBV and instill respect, protection, promotion and fulfilment of human rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa”.
According to the higher education, science and technology minister, Blade Nzimande, the Policy Framework “compels PSET institutions to both create awareness of GBV policies and prevent incidents of GBV; as well as to assist PSET institutions to address the occurrence of GBV. It also provides a monitoring instrument to the Department to assess the implementation of the Policy Framework”.
The Policy Framework serves as a guide to PSET institutions to address all forms of GBV in PSET institutions.
The department called on PSET institutions to work more closely with government departments and organisations such as the South African Police Services (SAPS) and local communities in ensuring that proper protocols in GBV cases are observed and implemented.
“This will create conditions for successful prosecution of perpetrators as well as the protection of victims of GBV.”
The department also plans to work with civil society organisations and Chapter 9 institutions in the areas of gender and human rights to ensure that the struggle to combat GBV is understood and internalised by all constituencies in the PSET System.
Consequently, advocacy has been identified as one of the central pillars of the Policy Framework.