March breaks silence

2017-05-10 06:00
Staff and students of the Sol Plaatje University take a stand against abuse on Thursday (04/05). Vice chancellor, Prof. Yunus Ballim, lead the march.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Staff and students of the Sol Plaatje University take a stand against abuse on Thursday (04/05). Vice chancellor, Prof. Yunus Ballim, lead the march.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

In taking a stand against the abuse of women and children, the staff and students of the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) marched through the streets of the Kimberley Central Business District to make their voice heard on Thursday (04/05).

They deemed it necessary to express their deep concern following an incident in which a child’s half-naked body was discovered by children attending daycare at the Percival Jas community hall in Galeshewe on Tuesday, 25 April.

The vice chancellor of the SPU, Prof. Yunus Ballim saw the march as a success, regardless of the disappointing turnout of male students.

He said the march was to express the university’s sympathy with regard to the hurt the society was going through. The SPU has undertaken to uphold continuous conversation through public lectures, engagement and activities to make its voice heard.

“The way in which we recognise and treat our children in our communities is completely unacceptable. We have to nurture our children and care for them rather than hurt them, which is really the point of the march,” said Ballim.

According to the deputy president of the SPU’s student representative council (SRC), Tshepiso Tshipe, it was time for institutions to break the silence about incidents of abuse.

Tshipe said the march was just a stepping stone in the fight for a safer and better society to live in.

“Keeping quiet is just the cruellest thing that we can do when it comes to supporting victims. Continuous dialogue should be held to address the issues to show that we stand firmly against abuse,” said Tshipe.

B.Ed student Neo Letsholo, who participated in the march, encouraged the youth to take a stand in protecting women and children in society.

“They should keep it up and not lose hope that things will get better in time,” Letsholo said.

Psychology student Thaaniyah Kleinsmith said she believed human rights were something that really mattered in society.

“We need to start pushing for that at a young age in order to build a safer and better society for all, incuding the next generation,” Kleinsmith said.

Emphasising the gravity of the issue, and in advocacy of their message, the banners and posters the staff and students of the SPU carried during the march will remain put up on campus for the next week.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.