Marchers highlight abuse

2018-12-06 06:00
Marchers outside the Nyanga Police Station, with young children, to raise the plight of abused women in the community.. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Marchers outside the Nyanga Police Station, with young children, to raise the plight of abused women in the community.. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Epilepsy South Africa in the Western Cape, in partnership with the Realistic Community Based Organisation marched to the Nyanga Police Station last week to create awareness about the 16 Day of Activism for no violence against Women and Children campaign.

On Sunday, 25 November, the annual programme was launched.

Epilepsy South Africa promotes human rights and an inclusive society for persons with disabilities, primarily persons with epilepsy.

Realistic facilitates community reintegration and reconciliation for community members trapped in substance abuse, young men and women caught in the justice system, their families through advocacy, education and restorative justice.

The march started from the Realistic offices, through the streets of Gugulethu. Aviwe Ndyokolo of Epilepsy S.A said they marched to raise awareness of abuse.

“A lot of women and children go through abuse in our communities and do not know where to go and report.

He said by leading marches, they hoped the message goes out to everyone, and not just the abused, but the abusers as well.

Realistic’s Thozama Mtsabe said as much as the 16 days is important, it would be great if awareness on abuse of women and children was an everyday issue.

She said they decided to march to the police so the people who are being abused know that police are there to help them so they must report abuse.

Captain Lungile Mgcodo from Nyanga police station said he acknowledges the plight of the marchers and promised to work with the community.

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