Abuse: The struggle continues

2017-10-19 06:01
Ilitha Labantu in collaboration with police and various civil society organisations organised a march against women and children abuse.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Ilitha Labantu in collaboration with police and various civil society organisations organised a march against women and children abuse.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Organisations advocating against the violence perpetrated on women and children embarked on a march to raise awareness about the scourge last week

Ilitha Labantu, in collaboration with police from the Khayelitsha Police Station and various civil society organisations, raised their voices against the violence under the theme #OneTooManySA.

The march and cavalcade saw a number of concerned residents signing a pledge in support of the campaign.

Siyabulela Monakali, of Ilitha Labantu, said the pledge campaign started in May after they noticed an increase in such violence against women.

“We are here to address the burning issues in communities. We are trying to make people think critically about violence against women and children. We want to break the silence. This motorcade wants to address issues that people do not want to talk about,” Monakali said.

The #OneTooManySA pledge campaign was established in May this year as a response to the spike in incidences of violence perpetrated on women and girls.

Since its inception, the campaign has been actively engaging communities throughout the greater Cape Flats region in areas like Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Langa, Mitchells Plain, Samora Michel, Philippi, Elsies River and Kraaifontein to get ordinary citizens to collectively address the scourge.

Resident Nokuphumla Magayana,52, said she decided to take part in the march because her daughter was a victim of abuse in the hands of her boyfriend.

She said her daughter 16-years-old when she was allegedly left to die on the streets in 2001. “She was stabbed by her boyfriend and left to die on the street. A woman who was passing by raised the alarm, that is when she was helped ... The suspect was released on bail of R500, but the case was later dropped.

It was disturbing(dropping of the charges) ... The abuse of women and children is rife here,” Maganyana said.

Another resident, Nontsikelelo Mpheko, said she decided to sign the pledge to show support against violence.

“There are a lot of women and children who are abused and some do not talk about it. I have a friend who was also silent about it. We say that must come to an end now. I encourage people to talk.”

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