‘It kills the future’

2017-07-12 06:00
The St Peter Methodist Church Women’s Prayer and Service Union, commonly known as Manyano, holding a peaceful march in Bloemfontein against all forms of violence.Photo: Kgotso Molapo

The St Peter Methodist Church Women’s Prayer and Service Union, commonly known as Manyano, holding a peaceful march in Bloemfontein against all forms of violence.Photo: Kgotso Molapo

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The St Peter Methodist Church Women’s Prayer and Service Union, commonly known as Manyano in Bloemfontein, has challenged the public to act against destructive social ills.

In mobilising members of the community to take a stand, nine members of the body peacefully marched to the Mangaung police station in Phahameng, where they presented a memorandum containing issues of grave concern.

Issues listed are gangsterism, drug and alcohol abuse, gender-based violence, violence against women and children, as well as human trafficking.

Mamokete Khodumo, secretary, said the decision to march was has been taken to encourage members of the community to act in support of the fight against violence and its root causes.

“The mobilisation is the task of all of us, men and women alike. Gender-based violence, for which the abuse of drugs and alcohol is blamed, negatively affects society. We are concerned about the escalating violence, including the killing of women and children. As members of the church, we call on everyone to take a stand by reporting incidents to the police,” said Khodumo.

She said this clarion call was part of a continued effort to fight rampant violence which has bred gangsterism in society.

“The issues listed in our memorandum are really killing the future of South Africa. This is also an indication that we support the police and will pray for them in the fight against all forms of violence and causes thereof,” said Khodumo.

Participants held posters with messages denouncing violence.

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