Leaders call on men to end abuse

2007-11-28 00:00

A MOTORCADE that included representatives of all provincial government departments and NGOs paraded from Masukwane Taxi Rank to the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg for the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

Addressing the guests, Msunduzi Deputy Mayor Mervin Dirks said men and boys should become part of the solution rather than being part of the problem. “Once is more than enough to be abused. Women and children should not give shelter and protection to abusers,” he said.

Midlands area board chairman of the Community Policing Forum (CPF), Charlton Sibaca, said most abused women and children are not coming forward, especially in rural areas; they try to solve it within their families.

“This is not right because the abused child or woman will carry on living with the trauma inside as they lack proper counselling,” he said, adding that 16 days is too little time in which to address such an issue and that the CPF will visit rural schools to educate children.

Advocate Zandile Mbatha from Lawyers for Human Rights said police need to be part of the solution too.

“Police need to attend to abused women more seriously … Most abused women complain that the reception at some police stations is not … welcoming and that is one of the reasons why they [don’t] report their cases,” she said, adding that some police officers believe that a person lays a charge because they are angry and might retract it when they are calmer.

The motorcade was concluded by leading role-players signing a pledge outside the Tatham Art Gallery.

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