Mtubatuba’s anti-rape walker calls on citizens not to hide abuse

2016-06-21 10:13
Jan Mabuyakhulu and Mariza Oosthuizen outside the high court in Pietermaritzburg.

Jan Mabuyakhulu and Mariza Oosthuizen outside the high court in Pietermaritzburg. (Ingrid Oellermann, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Anti-child and women abuse “walker” Jan Mabuyakhulu popped into Pietermaritzburg on Monday with South Coast mother Mariza Oosthuizen to spread his message.

Mabuyakhulu (44) who is from Mtubatuba, started walking long distances between towns and cities all around the country in 2013 to educate communities and encourage men not to rape and murder women and children.

He said he started his campaign because he wanted to do something useful after he experienced the trauma caused by the murder and rape of two young girls in his own neighbourhood.

Oosthuizen, who has also experienced the trauma of sexual abuse involving children close to her, said she contacted Mabuyakhulu after hearing about his campaign and decided to join him when she got the chance.

Their most recent walk from Ramsgate started last Tuesday and ended in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday night.

Mabuyakhulu, who is an unemployed father of five children, said he wants to reach as many young boys and men as possible to educate them about the horror of rape and plant a seed of “humanity”, which will stop them committing violence.

“Real men do not rape,” he said.

He said he also appeals to communities not to turn a blind eye to incidents of rape, sexual violence or any other type of violence against women and children, and encourages guardians of children and communities not to condone abuse by accepting compensation from a perpetrator in lieu of prosecution.

“We must root this thing out of our society. The perpetrators must be prosecuted,” he said.

Oosthuizen said she also wants to get a message out to victims of abuse not to hide the abuse from the people who can help them.

“Threats are only words and they must not be scared to come forward and tell people what is being done to them,” she said.

Mabuyakhulu said he hopes to visit as many schools as possible during his walks so he can reach out to the youth in society.

He said he continues to be saddened by the high rate of abuse and violence in South Africa today.

“It’s a daily thing. I hope through educating people to make a small difference,” he said. His cellphone number is 079 437 0138 and Oosthuizen can be contacted on 071 557 4080.

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