Campaigning for a safer SA

2018-12-05 06:01
Police officers and supporters against gender based violence gathered on Monday at the Alexandra Police Station.PHOTO: supplied

Police officers and supporters against gender based violence gathered on Monday at the Alexandra Police Station.PHOTO: supplied

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HUNDREDS of people from across Pietermaritzburg joined forces on Sunday to commemorate Lifeline’s official launch of their 16 Days of Activism Campaign against gender based violence as they marched throughout town to raise awareness about this major issue.

Socials workers, police officers, and pupils were among the crowd who participated in the march alongside Lifeline’s director Sinikiwe Biyela.

Their aim was to voice their concern on how the justice system was failing young victims of sexual violence.

Biyela said that it was alarming that there was an increase in sexual violence aimed at younger people who never see their trial go to court because they are deemed not trustworthy enough to be witnesses because of their age.

“The justice system is failing us in that we are told that the victim needs to prove that they were assaulted rather than the accused being asked to prove that they are innocent.

“It is happening in our city. Just recently a mother of a baby was told her case was not valid even though her baby identified the accused and a doctor confirmed penetration,” said Biyela, who added that this cannot be allowed to happen, but stated that it would continue to happen should the justice system allow it to.

The Alexandra Police Station also kicked of their 16 Days of Activism Campaign on Monday.

Today, representatives will march from the police station to Scottsville and then to Hayfields to show their support for victims of gender based violence and to state their non-tolerance of this in society.


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