City men walk tall in march against women and children abuse

2014-12-08 00:00

THE city’s biggest names stepped out in style against the abuse of women and children — and took to streets in heels.

Pietermaritzburg’s Men in Heels March drew local celebrities alongside everyday men who strutted in high heels to raise awareness during the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Taxis and buses hooted and women shrieked with joy as they cheered for the 87 men who rocked their heels all the way to city hall.

The march was bolstered by representatives from the municipality, Youth of Choice, Dance2Inspire and Gagasi FM.

The city’s own Vincent Bones, who performed after the march, told The Witness that it was interesting to find a bunch of guys in heels and it was a brilliant idea to raise awareness about women and children abuse in the city.

“I enjoyed the march even though my pencil heels collapsed during the march,” he said laughing.

SABC 2 Muvhango star Raphael Griffiths, who plays Vusi in the weekday soapie, said it was painful walking in heels but reminded all the women and children who have been victimised with any type of abuse that they don’t have to suffer alone because anything that raises awareness helps.

Musa Shozi, taking part in his second heeled march, said it was a worthy cause and he understands what lengths women go to to impress men.

Alexandra High School pupils Manqoba Mkhize and Nkululeko Muthwa, who dressed in women’s clothing and heels, said their outfits were inspired by the campaign and they wanted to be a vivid example in their support.

Event organiser Lungelo Sithole thanked all those who took part, as well as the sponsors.

“The turnout was better than last year. We hope that the route that we took will sensitise the fight against women and child abuse.

“Hopefully the march will make an impact if it hasn’t already,” he added.

• siso.naile@witness.co.za

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