Silence voices abuse

2015-12-09 06:00
SOME of the learners of the Wrenchville High School who participated in the silent protest are from the left Potlako Gasetlolwe, Othusitse Moeti, Tsholofelo Mothibi, Tlaleng Ketumile and Tshepiso Mothibi.  Photo: Supplied

SOME of the learners of the Wrenchville High School who participated in the silent protest are from the left Potlako Gasetlolwe, Othusitse Moeti, Tsholofelo Mothibi, Tlaleng Ketumile and Tshepiso Mothibi. Photo: Supplied

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A SILENT protest was held on Wednesday, 25 November, to launch this year’s 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children.

“We want to make the world a better place for ourselves, our children and our children’s children.

“Hence I’m taking a stand against the injustices that cripple our society,” said Tlaleng Ketumile (17), who participated in the action.

The silent protest, which forms part of the ongoing Standing Together Against Rape (Star) campaign, was held along­side the N14 in Kuruman.

The learners had their mouths taped closed for 60 minutes to challenge the silence that existed around rape and sexual violence. They also held up posters to encourage motorists who drove past to hoot if they were against the abuse of women and children.

The Star campaign aims to create awareness about gender- based violence and encourage people to speak out and report cases of these crimes.

The silent protest was held under the guidance of Tsepo Kgatlhane, Northern Cape Citizen of the Year nominee for 2013-’14 and change agent. The theme for this year’s 16 Days campaign is From peace in the home to peace in world.

The protest was attended by the 2013 Northern Cape provincial and 2014 national champions of the Youth Citizens Action Programme (YCAP), of the Wrenchville High School.

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