Be that man: Ugu men walk the talk against violence

2011-11-25 00:00

“ARREST any man who abuses a woman or child and when you convict them, send them to jail for a long time.”

This was the message from the men who yesterday marched in the rain from Dick King Square to the Ugu municipal offices in Port Shepstone to pledge their commitment to the goals of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children.

The walk was led by Thabo Hlengwa of the Ugu Gender Forum and Ugu District Municipality’s special programmes section.

He handed the pledge to Ugu Deputy Mayor Mondli Chiliza and read a summarised version to the assembled group.

Chiliza said men must protect women and children against abuse and other forms of social ills — and not just for 16 days.

“Men must stop abuse of women and children for 365 days a year. It is good to see men of Ugu saying ‘no’ to women abuse and rapes.”

He thanked the Ugu men and the other stakeholders who took part in the “Be That Man” walk for the 16 Days of Activism for unreservedly demonstrating their support to end social ills and abuse of vulnerable groups.

Chiliza also called for an end to the killing of police by criminals, saying that residents need to work with the police because they are protecting the community.

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