Rise against criminals

2016-12-15 06:02
 Marchers took back the night on Friday evening as they demonstrated against violence against women and children. This was the fourth annual march and organisers hope that it will help highlight the problem.

Marchers took back the night on Friday evening as they demonstrated against violence against women and children. This was the fourth annual march and organisers hope that it will help highlight the problem.

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Gugulethu and Nyanga residents, in a bid to reclaim the night space, marched through the street on Friday.

The aim was to raise their concerns regarding the prevalence of violence against women and children.

The march, the fourth of its kind this year, saw the two groups of community members converge at the Nyanga Rugby Stadium.

The march was supported by Councillors Luvuyo Zondani and Sharon Manatha.

It was organised by Ilitha Labantu, an NGO which works to address violence against women and children.

According the organisation, the march symbolizes the community taking a stand against the violence perpetrated against women in our communities.

The marched walked the busy streets with placards with messages of defiance reading:

“Say no to rape” and “Unite to take back the streets’

According to Siyabulela Monakali: “The march this year is strategically held in Nyanga, as a response to the recent crime statists which suggest that Nyanga is the murder capital of South Africa and that a significant number of those affected by the high rate violence in Nyanga are women and the girl child. ”

Monakali said they believe that it is through collective action that “we are able to bring the much needed change in our communities.

Manata of Ward 41, said that the recent reports of rapes and abuse of women in the community was a disturbing occurrence.

“It seems that not enough work is done by the police and the courts.

To deter these perpetrators, we need to see more action to set a good example.

As things stand, criminals believe they can do anything and get away with it,” she said.

Last month it was reported that a 13 year old girl from Nyanga was gang raped by 10 boys.

Eight are reportedly still be on the run. The case is still under investigation.

In Driftsands, last week, a lesbian woman was abducted from here home and she was killed allegedly by a man known to,

Noluvuyo Swelindawo, 22, was allegedly attacked by a 24 year old man.

Manata said that the prevalence of such an incident during a period of peak awareness campaign means that culprits do not care about their actions.

“Despite efforts to raise awareness, there are hideous crimes committed against women and children and that this needed to be addressed sternly.

It is clear that there is no fear of repercussions of their deeds.

This is a mentality that we hope can be changed through good police work and efficient judicial systems.

She said that the residents needed to be more involved in community police.

“The good thing is that police acknowledge the importance of neighbourhood watches more people should get involved in making sure that they are vigilant.

We need to look out for one another as neighbour and I also appeal to young people to also take part,” she advised.

She also pleaded to young people to ensure their own safety during the festive celebrations.

“They need to stop abusing alcohol and wondering the streets at night alone and unsafe areas,” she said.

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