Seminar and march against abuse held

2017-06-21 06:03
MEC Weziwe Thusi and an attendee taking the pledge to act against gender-based violence. PHOTO: Makhosandile zulu

MEC Weziwe Thusi and an attendee taking the pledge to act against gender-based violence. PHOTO: Makhosandile zulu

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MAKHOSANDILE ZULU

IN response to the increased violence against women and children in recent months, a march and empowerment seminar against this scourge and all forms of abuse was held on Saturday, June 10 by Soulwise in partnership with Tiqvah World and the KZN Office of the Premier.

Reading the premier’s message at the seminar at the premier’s office, KZN MEC for Social Development Weziwe Thusi said: “It is very important to note that this march and seminar takes place a week after the province hosted the social cohesion and moral regeneration summit.
“At the summit we received a message of support from King Goodwill Zwelithini.”

She said following the summit, the MEC for Arts and Culture was appointed to lead the social cohesion and moral regeneration programme and that the MEC would work with the MEC for Social Development.

“The programme will focus on the reconstruction of the soul, healing the wounds and rebuilding the community fibre,” Thusi read from the premier’s message.

She said this would benefit the programme and ensure maximum impact by involving different government departments which would share their resources.

“The premier suggested that similar summits of this nature should be replicated in each township, district and local municipalities to allow for a much broader reach,” she read.

She said the premier rejects all acts of violence and xenophobic attacks such as those that occurred in KwaMashu recently.

“We need to build strong families, we need to build a community that is strong and families that will bring up children who will be good citizens,” said Thusi.

She said people who organised Saturday’s seminar and attendees instil hope that the fight against
violence towards women and children will be won.

Thusi said a number of issues contribute and play a role in the continued occurrence of violence against women and children.
These include women not having the will to leave toxic relationships, and the desire for material belongings pushing young girls to end up in relationships in which they are financially dependent.

She said a technical team set up by the government is planning a large march against violence towards women and children and that following this march, various sectors and independent organisations should work closely with government in creating programmes that would be rolled out throughout the province.

Attendees took a pledge to act out and report all known, suspected or witnessed incidents of domestic, gender-based violence or child abuse.

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