Anti-abuse initiative supported

2018-11-08 06:00
Taiwan informal settlement resident Nomveliso Nyaku signing a pledge against women and children abuse at the Site C Plaza. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Taiwan informal settlement resident Nomveliso Nyaku signing a pledge against women and children abuse at the Site C Plaza. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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As hundreds prepared to gather in Pretoria for the National Government Gender Summit last week, members of Ilitha Labantu, in partnership with the Khayelitsha Police station took to the streets to raise awareness against women and children abuse last week.

Distributing pamphlets denouncing the attack on women and children, the marchers made their voice heard ahead of the two day summit on Thursday and Friday last week.

The summit was in response to a women’s march to the Union Buildings in August. They raised the plight of women and children in the country.

During the march on Wednesday participants said women and children were vulnerable to attacks.

They called for an end to the scourge, walking from the police station through to Phama Road into Mew Way and Jeff Masemola Road, ending at the Site C plaza.

Dubbed #oneistoomanySA, the campaign, which was led by a motorcade, raised awareness against women and children abuse.

Onlookers were requested to sign a pledge to show commitment that they stand against the scourge of abuse plaguing their communities.

Residents described the campaign as a great initiative to educate and encourage them to speak out about their social problems.

Nomveliso Nyaku from Taiwan appealed to the government to tighten up its laws against the perpetrators of gender based violence .

“As women we feel like government is not protecting us enough. Perpetrators get arrested and released the following day without the victim being informed,” said Nyaku.

She urged men to join the awareness and speak for themselves.

“We need men to lead these kinds of initiative and speak for themselves. We won’t win the battle if we are marginalizing them (men). They must come on board,” said Nyaku.

Sector manager Captain Ntandazo Mncanca urged residents to report any wrong doing to the police.

He said people have a tendency to hide such things and discuss them internally as a family.

“If you see anything wrong or someone getting abused, as a neighbour, you have a right to report to the police station and having protection order on behalf of the victim.

Ilitha Labantu spokesperson Siyabulela Monakali said the aim is to break the silence against domestic violence.

He said as an organisation, they feel women and children are not given the necessary attention when they go to the police stations to open cases.

“As an organisation, we are intending to reopen the office in Khayelitsha soon, which was closed in the 90’s, to support the victims of abuse in the area,” he said.

It will operate from the Isivivana Centre.

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