Young believers march against gender violence and sugar daddies

2013-04-15 00:00

THE Anglican Church added its voice to the campaign against women abuse on Saturday.

Hundreds of Anglicans gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity to publicly declare their support for the cause of non-violence against women and an ending to the abuse many are subjected to.

The congregants said they were tired of the wave of violence women had to endure.

Clad in coloured T-shirts, congregants carried placards and chanted slogan as they walked and danced in Pietermaritzburg’s streets.

Nkosinathi Ndwandwe, Bishop Suffragan of the Anglican Diocese of Natal, who led the rally, said they were not only saying “no” to abuse, but they were also against drug abuse and police killing.

He told The Witness that the focus of the march was also part of celebrating 160 years of ministry.

Asked about church leaders who also abuse children, Ndwandwe, said: “It is disgusting when leaders do these things. Leaders should never use their positions to abuse the vulnerable.”

He said the church has to protect God’s people.

Diocesan Youth Chaplain, Reverend Father Mlungisi Hadede, said the country’s moral standards had dropped.

“As the church we have a role to play and that is to keep young people on track. We also need to make sure that youngsters grow up according to the ways of Christ.”

Hadebe said most of the young people were hooked on drugs, but as the church they were there to bring hope.

“We’re here to say whatever is happening in government, we’re part of it,” he added.

Siya Khambule (24) said waking up in the morning and demonstrating on the streets had not been in vain.

“I think we did show people that we’re against drugs, sugar daddies and rape. We read about elderly women that are raped. It’s painful.”

As a believer, Khambule said the day was also dedicated to pray against these social ills.

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