Men say no excuse for abuse at march

2017-11-23 06:00
Takuwani Riime men’s movement marched to parliament on Saturday.PHOTO: Supplied

Takuwani Riime men’s movement marched to parliament on Saturday.PHOTO: Supplied

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Takuwani Riime, a civil society movement led by men and is taking a stand in ending gender based violence, organised a march to parliament on Sunday.

Takuwani Riime is Tshivenda for ‘Let us Stand Up Together’ took to the streets to address issues that affect societies in order to sensitise men to these atrocities.

Reverend Xolani Sam, a provincial committee member at Takuwani Riime, said the march was a success with a turn-out of about 8000 people.

“It went very well. I am happy with the numbers.

We came up with resolutions with stakeholders to have a provincial men’s parliament once in a year and a national parliament every two years.

We have meetings planned soon where we will discuss a way forward,” Sam said.

Ndumiso Madubela, provincial spokesperson for Takuwani Riime, speaking during the launch of the march, said this was a call for men to take action in fighting abuse.

“Some say ‘I do not beat-up a women or sexually abuse them’ but you are complicit if you are not doing anything about discouraging it.

It is high time we say enough is enough. This must be done 365 days a year. We are facing a crisis. The state is unstable and this needs to be done by each and every man. Women are killed every day in our country,” Madubela said.

The march was done in partnership with the City of Cape Town, developmental partners, government, business, labour, civil society and ordinary men from all walks of life.

Ntando Yola, of the South African National AIDS Council’s (SANEC) Men’s Sector, called on more organisations to come on board.

Yola said they were also going to write a men’s chatter and provide feedback on the milestone regarding activities at local, district, and provincial levels.

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