Enough is enough

2018-05-29 06:01

WOMEN abuse is on the rise, and South African's want to put and end to this.

Some of the recent incidents which went viral on social media, was of a student who was doing her first year studies at the Mangosuthu University of Technology and was murdered by her boyfriend after he allegedly claimed that she was cheating on him.

Another incident is of a Pietermaritzburg nurse who was shot dead by her husband in front of her family on Mother’s Day.

Residents feel that this type of gruesome violence against women needs to stop.

They feel that the community celebrates women on Mother’s Day, Women’s Day and conduct various campaigns during 16 Days of Activism to show people the importance of women in this world, however, some men still care less about women and go as far as murdering them for no valid reason.

Thora Mansfield of the Open Door Crisis Centre said that one of the organisations main purpose is to fight violence against women. Mansfield said that issues of violence against women needs no clarification, however, these diabolical acts against humanity leave lives broken, psychologically damaged and with feelings of total hopelessness.

The Open Door lobbies for advocacy and prevention of secondary abuse on a daily basis, challenging anti-human rights against women.

“The Open Door is a one-stop trauma and crisis centre that focuses their attention on the social issues in our society, social support, and training and health services. The Open Door offers support for victims of all forms of abuse.”

SAPS communications officer Captain B.J. Manqele said that as police they always advise women to break the silence.

“Whenever we conduct awareness campaigns about women abuse we encourage women to break the silence. Victims of abuse must report the abuse and they can make use of the courts to apply for a protection order. If the abuser has a firearm it must also be mentioned to the authorities.

The abuser does not start by killing the partner but it starts with abuse where the victim does not report the abuse. We encourage women to report abuse as soon as it starts to prevent the killings.”

The KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo also advised women to speak out and not stay in abusive relationships. “We grew up in an environment where only boys were sent to school, and not girls. Now women are getting educated, but we see many of them still involved in relationships of bondage. I urge women to get out of those relationships. Women need to say, ‘God, even if you blessed me with this marriage, I will not stand being abused, because eventually, I will die.’

I am pleading with women to ensure that wherever they go, they must not stand a complicated relationship. They must rather take their children and find another place to stay. A woman who is not educated becomes dependent on an abusive partner, and ends up dying.

omen who are educated from nurses to teachers, please get out of such marriages. We can’t have one more person dying because they persevered in a dangerous environment. It’s a painful death that is unimaginable.”

Resident Nokulunga Mbhele added that, violence against women has always been there, and women do not talk about the abuse they get from their partners.

"The situation is getting out hand women are being killed, raped, kidnapped and abused every single day. It is really scary.” Resident Mlungisi Khanyile wants this violence to stop: “I have a teenage daughter and I pray every day for her to have a better life and to not make wrong decisions. Most of the young girls get involved with older men because of the money. I advise girls to not throw themselves into these men rather spend your time in studying and finding a decent job so you won’t depend on rich men.”

To report abuse against women or to get more advise contact the Open Door Crisis Centre on 031 709 2679.

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