Hundreds attend march

2010-12-10 00:00

THE Ugu District Municipality hosted a march yesterday from the Dick King Square in Port Shepstone to the town’s civic centre.

The march was well supported by women and children and police officers, and sought to raise awareness around the issue of violence against women and children as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

The marchers displayed placards condemning rape and abuse of children.

Ugu Deputy Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu and Port Shepstone police station commander Sethenya ­Nxamagele led the march.

Mqwebu handed a memorandum to Nxamagele and called for a speedy finalisation of the case of Gcobisa Yako.

Yako has not been found since she disappeared between the Murchison and Ezinqoleni areas two years ago.

Her boyfriend was arrested in connection with her disappearance. His family and a female suspect say that she was brutally murdered but there have been no arrests.

Police allegedly had no conclusive evidence linking the arrested suspect to the case.

Mqwebu also demanded that the suspect, Thozamile Taki, who will today face judgment on charges of killing 13 women in the Umzinto area, be convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

She said that today the ANC Women’s League will assemble before the high court in Scottburgh.

The deputy mayor called for the establishment of special courts for victims of sexual assaults. “Sexual cases must not take up to three years to finalise. They need to take three months,” she said.

“Police need to treat all the victims of such cases well.”

Mqwebu said the aim of the march was to see a society free from gender oppression and all forms of inequality and to educate people to protect the vulnerable.

“We want to implement an effective 16 Days of Activism campaign that translates into a sustainable 365 days of action to end violence against women and children,” she added.

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