‘A demon makes our men act like animals’

2012-11-30 00:00

“NO means no!” This was the message given by the Musa Dladla ANC Woman’s League, who came out in numbers to protest against abuse and rape in Esikhawini yesterday.

The march, which began at Esikhawini Mall and ended with a prayer at Dlamvuzo High School to commemorate 16 Days of Activism against Women and Child Abuse, was attended by over 100 people.

“We have realised that these issues are above our control as human beings and have decided to pray. It is clear that Esi­khawini and the uThungulu District are not the only areas with ever increasing numbers of rape cases, but rather the whole country.

“There is a demon that has made our men, who happen to be our husbands and brothers, act like animals,” said convener Jabu Vilakazi.

She said the annual campaign, running from November 25 to December 10, could not have begun at a better time, as they were still celebrating the four life sentences handed down to Mlungisi Thusi (40), an Empangeni teacher who raped a 14-year-old pupil, who was in his class.

Vilakazi urged parents and teachers to educate children about rape. She added children should learn how to defend themselves against rapists.

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