Blaahs up the ante against abuse

2017-08-03 06:00
The Blaahs Society Cape Town members after attending a strategic lekgotla held in Hermanus recently.

The Blaahs Society Cape Town members after attending a strategic lekgotla held in Hermanus recently.

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The Blaahs Society plans to march on Sunday in memory of the 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on August 9 1956.

The march will start at 1pm on Sunday 6 August 6 from St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church (famously known as kwa Qabazi) and end at the Gugulethu Police Station where a memorandum will be handed over to the station commander.

According to Mkhululi Baba, the men will march to a different tune this time.

“Women then marched against the extension of the hated pass book to women, and behind them the slogan: “Strijdom, wathinth’abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo, uzakufa’, reverberated throughout the country

“Today, we are rising against the abuse and killing of women and girl children,”.

Baba said the recent and continued killings of women across the country made them think hard as men and fathers.

“We want to send a message that not all men are killers, there are men who can say no to violence and no to rape. We hope they(other men) will join us on the day,” he said.

He said all The Blaahs Society Cape Town members will be in attendance and further extended an invitation to all men.

The society operates within the black communities and was established in 1978 as a group but has now diversified into a social and lifestyle club.

“We took this decision because the Blaahs Society is a dominantly a male organisation and we felt we have an obligation to show those trash men out there that what they are doing is not in our name. Enough is enough,” said chairman Mpumelelo Ngindane.

He said church denominations, community organisations and the general public was welcome to attend.

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