Boycott CB Stores – ANC Women’s League

2013-04-18 17:26

The ANC Women’s League in Limpopo has called for consumers to boycott CB Stores in Jane Furse following the brutal assault of Esther Mankge by the employees of the retailer.

An amateur video showing Mankge (49) allegedly being assaulted by CB security guards and staff went viral this week, causing a massive international outrage.

Addressing a press conference at the ANC’s headquarters in Polokwane, the ANCWL’s secretary in the province, Maleke Mokganyetsi, also called on “all women and progressive men to protest outside all regional branches of CB Clothing Stores during any time of the day ... and on Monday (April 22) at the Nebo regional court where alleged offender will appear in court”.

Among others, Mokganyetsi also called for:

» All victims and survivors of sexual violence to speak out;

» The immediate enforcement of legislation that enables dangerous sex offenders never to be released from jail should the director of public prosecutions find it necessary;

» The naming and shaming of all sexual offenders by publishing their names and faces on billboards and in all government departments; and

» CB Stores to educate its employees on gender violence.

“Our strong message to CB Clothing Stores is that you strike a woman, you strike a rock. Its board members and management are equally guilty and responsible for the heinous crime. They deliberately ignored enacted laws and regulations that protect women’s rights,” reads Mokganyetsi’s statement.

Mankge, who was at the press conference, but was not allowed to speak to media, was allegedly attacked by CB’s staff in October last year after being accused of shoplifting.

Mokganyetsi said Mankge was not the first victim to be assaulted at CB Stores.

Limpopo Safety and Security MEC Florence Radzilani and Limpopo Police Commissioner Simon Mpembe paid her a visit earlier today.

Said Mokganyetsi: “Violent sexual assaults against women, including rapes, have surged in our peaceful province of Limpopo. Media reports paint a clear picture; our province’s sexual violence rates are among the highest in the nation. Our province is in the news for wrong reasons on a weekly, if not daily, basis. Recently City Press revealed that more than 560 rape cases have been reported at our hospitals since January 1.”

Referring to Mankge’s assault, she said: “She was encircled by these men and countless hands groped her body, including her breasts, genitals and buttocks, pulled her hair, tugged her body in different directions and attempted to remove her clothes while exposing her private parts. She was violently dragged inside the shop. The weapons used during the assault included belts, ropes, a broom and a rubber hammer.”

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