Thaba Against Violence & Abuse (TAVA)

THABAZIMBI – Thaba Against Violence & Abuse (TAVA in short) has found its origin as a result of a SAVF project in Thabazimbi during 16 days of activism against violence against women and children on 13 November this year. At the end of a presentation and discussion about violence and abuse, a support group was established in order to make a difference where it is needed.
The coordinator of the group is Marianne Jacobs, who is also the chairperson of the local SAVF service management. The group’s mission is to bring about a positive change in the local community towards violent crimes. The vision of the group is to create awareness in the community on crimes of violence and abuse, assist victims of violence by means of support and encouragement on the road to recovery.
Their activities include community awareness on violent and abusive acts, promote the rights of victims, oppose bail applications in violent crimes,  to furnish the room for victims of rape at the local hospital and make it more user friendly and to assist victims of violence and abuse with services such as counselling and debriefing.
The group had their first peaceful gathering on 09 November at the local SAPS station where they handed over a petition of signatories against violence to Col Moseki, commander of the Thabazimbi police station and Warrant Officer Corney Myburgh of the FCS unit. Linda Grobler, senior social worker and head of the local SAVF branch, thanked the police for their hard work in combating acts of violence and abuse in the community.  She introduced TAVA to them and offered their support to help make a difference. Marianne Jacobs, coordinator of the TAVA group and chairman of the SAVF Thabazimbi service management, said that they will be the voice on behalf of the victims. They would create awareness on the matter and support victims where needed.
Col Moseki, station commander of Thabazimbi SAPS was very appreciative of the support and positive manner in which the SAVF and TAVA group approached them.  She said that they would gladly be part of this initiative and participate in the meetings on a regular basis. W/O Myburgh of the FCS unit dealing with violent crimes and abuse, was excited to start working with the group and get the much needed support to victims of violence through the process of combating crime.

TAVA group members with posters. Left to right:  Linda van Wyngaard, Lieselotte Smit and Marianne Jacobs.
TAVA group members with posters. Left to right:  Linda van Wyngaard, Lieselotte Smit and Marianne Jacobs.
Linda Grobler (on the left) handing over the petition list to Col Moseki (right) and W/O Myburgh.
Linda Grobler (on the left) handing over the petition list to Col Moseki (right) and W/O Myburgh.