Rape: Protest against abuse

2013-02-23 00:00

ENOUGH is enough.

This was the message echoed by protesters in Pietermaritzburg, who called for an end to the rape and abuse of women and children yesterday.

Dressed in black, protesters screamed and sang their lungs out at Chief Albert Luthuli Road while demonstrating their frustration and anger towards rapists and abusers.

Speaking to Weekend Witness at the protest, Mishaal Maikoo said: “Black Friday is a demonstration against rape. Rape is getting out of hand.”

He said he felt it was very important to come together as a community and stand up against rape. “That’s the only way we can fight this,” he added.

Drivers passing by the busy road joined in and hooted in support of the cause while some pedestrians stood and watched in amazement.

Perhaps they were intrigued by the strong messages written on the posters held by the protesters.

“I was raped and won’t be silent,” read one.

“We have had enough. Our grannies and daughters are getting raped everyday. Not enough is being done to put an end to this. We have had enough and are creating awareness,” said a protester, Nozipho Dlamini.

Mbongenni Ngcobo believes that being vocal about rape and abuse will help to put a stop to it.

He said they were breaking the silence as “the youth of the City of Choice”.

“We want to show that rape is wrong,” he said, adding that he was against any form of abuse.

Protest co-ordinator Lwando Gaba said he was happy with the turnout, considering that this was the first protest.

“This will get bigger and better in future.”

• Siyathemba.Ben@media24.com

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