Radio Zibonele leads in march

2017-06-01 06:00

After many reports about the rape and murder incidents in the Greater Peninsula Region and the country, Zibonele FM organised a mass march against gender based violence on Saturday.

The march was attended by MEC for Community Safety and Security in the Western Cape Dan Plato, ANC Sub-Council Chairperson Xolani Sotashe and various religious leaders.

Zibonele FM organisors said they decided to make their stance heard, because as a community broadcaster, the station and its staff compliment were dead set against the senseless rape and abuse faced by women and children.

Speakers included community activist Xola Skhosana and Western Cape Inyangi Forum’s Madlamini.

The march started in Site C on the site where the body of a young woman Bongiwe Ninini was discovered. Radio Zibonele FM’s Bishop Cebisile Vellem and Reverend Nyobole led the proceedings with a short prayer.
Marchers proceeded with a motorcade via Site B in Khayelitsha to Town Two where the most recent incident of rape and killing of a young Iyapha Yamile,4, occurred and were joined by others who were already gathered near the traffic lights.

The marchers then walked down Japhta Mosemola Road to Makhaza Wetland Park where the speakers took turns condemning such behaviour and lamenting the bad turn out of young women in an event aimed at highlighting their plight.

Dan Plato urged the community to work together so as to effectively deal with gender based violence. Zibonele FM Director Ntebaleng Shete told the marchers: ‘‘It’s time for real men to stand up against those who drag their name in the mud by perfoming despicable acts.’’

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