Ignoring signs of abuse makes one an accomplice

2010-11-26 00:00

PREMIER Zweli Mkhize said the fight against women and children abuse needs to be intensified.

Speaking at the launch of the Sixteen Days of Activism for no violence against women and children in Estcourt yesterday, he said the campaign provided a focus to promote behavioural change.

In order to ensure maximum participation in the campaign, the Office on the Status of Women, which sits within the Office of the Premier, is working with the South African Police Force (SAPF) to take this campaign around the province.

“The fight against crime cannot be seen as a task involving only the SAPF or government alone,” said Mkhize.

“As provincial government we want to work with all stakeholders to ensure that we eradicate crime from our society.

“We want KwaZulu-Natal to be at the forefront of this fight and we must all give the support necessary to create an environment where the police can effectively investigate and effect arrests without any hindrance.

“Crime occurs in our communities and it is vital that as society we must be integrally involved in the campaign to create safer neighbourhoods.”

Regarding women abuse and children, Mkhize warned communities not to ignore signs of abuse.

“You must not get used to abuse even if it happens in your house or your neighbour’s.

“If you ignore [this] crime you will become an accomplice by default.”

Mkhize said that the role of men in fighting gender-based violence cannot be over emphasised.

He said the Provincial Men’s Forum of KwaZulu-Natal was launched in November 2007 … seeking “to build broad based alliances at the provincial level to contribute to the fight against gender-based violence”.

 

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