March against abuse held

2017-12-08 06:00

khaya.magenu@media24.com

“WORK together to protect children. Say ‘no’ to elderly abuse.”

This was the bold message from children holding placards at the launch of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign at the Morningside grounds in Ixopo on Saturday.

Politicians, KZN provincial cabinet MECs and ANC presidential hopeful Dr Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma­ also attended the event.

KZN acting premier Sihle Zikalala said communities can win the war against abuse if they band together.

“This will not be a fight fought in 16 days only, it must be one that is waged every day, every week, every month throughout the year.” Zikalala also had strong words about men who forced young girls to marry them. “Among us are people, teachers and principals who believe it is right to beat children.”

He called on communities to unite in a public display of disapproval of any form of abuse.

“Our message is let each victim or survivor of domestic violence find support and comfort in our community and each perpetrator must find rejection and feel the pain of their disgraceful conduct.

“We also need to remind men that they have a responsibility to protect and guide their families and communities,” said Zikalala.

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