Awareness on abuse

2016-12-01 06:00
Captain Nomathemba Muavha, communication officer at Mfuleni Police Station (left) members of different organisations handing-out during the campaign agaist women and child abuse, in Mfuleni, on Wednesday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Captain Nomathemba Muavha, communication officer at Mfuleni Police Station (left) members of different organisations handing-out during the campaign agaist women and child abuse, in Mfuleni, on Wednesday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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Members of different organisations went on door to door in commemoration to raise awareness about women and child abuse, in Mfuleni, on Wednesday.

This was done as part of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign which kicked-in on Friday.

The stakeholders that were part of the campaign included South African Police Service (SAPS), the City of Cape Town’s Social Development, Mfuleni Library, Power Child Campus, Africa Tikkun and Uhambo Foundation.

Captain Nomathemba Muavha, communication officer at Mfuleni Police Station, said they took part in the campaign, because they want to be part of stakeholders that are bringing about change in curbing violence in the society.

“We also wanted to be counted in on the list of stakeholders that are spreading the message of stopping violence in the area. It is easy to detect domestic violence, but it is not easy to tell when it is gender based violence. This is because other things are taken as norm or are known to be cultural and in the end they contribute to gender based violence. We do not only encourage residents to report such cases, but we need to come up with ways to prevent them. We find cases whereby a boy stabbed another boy to show that he can protect his girlfriend. Culturally that is seen as a norm, because a man must protect his partner, but that goes beyond that,” Muavha said.

Nomfezeko Majalamba, a social worker, said the campaign will be an eye opener to the victims of domestic violence to know that there are organisations they can approach for help.

“We also want community members to stand-up and report when they know of anyone who is being abused in their area. Shukushukuma is one of the sections whereby women and children abuse is prevalent. We are also aware that there are also males who get abused these days,” Majalamba said.

Siziwe Ndesi, of Africa Tikkun, appealed to parents not to keep their children at home after they have moved to other area during the year.

“Some parents move to other area in the middle of the year and then they keep their children at home as they are waiting for the beginning of the year. We say they must approach social workers so that we can find their placements in school. Children become vulnerable for abuse when they staying at home doing nothing. They have a right to education,” Ndesi said.

Mthetho Kakaza, a resident, praised the campaign.

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