Joining forces against domestic abuse

2014-11-26 00:00

THE uMgungundlovu District and the police rallied yesterday to commemorate the launch of 16 Days of Activism for non-violence against women and children.

The World Health Organisation considers South Africa as having the highest rate of domestic violence against women and children as from 2012.

The uMgungundlovu District held their event at the Edendale Lay Centre, which was followed by a peace walk at Mooi-Mpofana Municipality later. Those who attended were all issued with whistles to blow in the event of danger in their communities.

City mayor Chris Ndlela said: “If you happen to visit prison or court, most of the people you find there are people who have abused women and children.”

District task team member May Zuma-Mkhonza revealed that every month, 2 000 women are victims of abuse and half of them are children.

Mkhonza said Greys, Northdale and Edendale hospitals all have care facilities for children who have been abused.

District political champion, MEC Belinda Scott, said uMgungundlovu has the second highest number of violence in KZN after eThekwini. “Sixteen days is a very short period, especially if you see the enormity of abuse in this country,” she said.

The SAPS has also taken to the initiative, with the Mountain Rise station holding a special candle-lighting ceremony and the Loop street station providing an awareness campaign against the abuse of women and children.


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