In 2000 Monique Strydom survived a 4-month hostage ordeal in the hands of Al Qaeda terrorists in the Philippines. On the morning of her release, she vowed to dedicate her life to help others in need. Monique founded Matla A Bana – A voice against child abuse in 2001 after the terrible rapes of two babies in South Africa.
A child is raped in South Africa every 3 minutes. Most of them are young girls between 3 and 12. In 90% of the cases the perpetrator is known to them. Matla A Bana’s primary goal is to minimise the secondary abuse children suffer when they report abuse against them. This abuse is often worse than the primary abuse, due to a very unsympathetic reporting system. One of their primary projects is to create child friendly reporting rooms at SAPS FCS units and hospitals. Currently more than 30 such rooms have been implemented in Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.
Thanks to Wolf’s CEO, Koos Van Rooyen, and our new client at Tronox (both ex SAPS) we have put the wheels in motion by raising funds towards the first child friendly container in the Northern Cape – it will be placed at the Vredendal Hospital. This container will be used as a private examination and support wing for rape victims at the Vredendal Hospital. Watch this space for the reveal of this completed rape examination clinic in Vredendal.