World Aids Day commemorated

2016-12-09 06:01
 Photo: Siphelele Nketo Lighting candles at the event (from left) Pastor Mabenge Xhanti, Eric Mfenqe (Kokstad Management Area Commissioner), Gugu Chonco (Regional Co-ordinator for Development and Care) and Zoleka Yokwana (NGO).

Photo: Siphelele Nketo Lighting candles at the event (from left) Pastor Mabenge Xhanti, Eric Mfenqe (Kokstad Management Area Commissioner), Gugu Chonco (Regional Co-ordinator for Development and Care) and Zoleka Yokwana (NGO).

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WORLD Aids Day was commemorated at the Kokstad Medium Correctional Centre with prayers by staff, inmates and pastors last Thursday.

Pastors from various churches, GKM councillors and officials from Department of Correctional Services attended.
Inmates performed Isicathamiya and choral music.

Candles were lit to give people living with HIV and Aids hope.
Zoleka Yokwana from a NGO working with TB and HIV victims encourages people to go for testing.

The 16 Days of Activism For No Violence Against Women and Child Abuse was also commemorated with messages of hope given to inmates, especially women.

Fever spoke to a 48-year-old female inmate who said she was abused by her boyfriend.
“My boyfriend assaulted me many times and my son protected me by beating him. I was arrested with my son for beating the man.

“When people talk about women abuse I feel bad because I am also a victim of abuse and am serving a sentence with my son who was defending me.”

Another 36-year-old female inmate told Fever that men must love women and children.
“Some women are serving sentences for beating their husbands while protecting themselves.”
Eric Mfenqe, the Area Commissioner from Kokstad Management Area encouraged men to smile at women and children and thanked stakeholders for giving hope to inmates.

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