MALE employees at the provincial Treasury office ended Women’s Month by leading a march against women and child abuse last Friday. The message was loud and clear as KZN Provincial Treasury men, joined by their female colleagues, hit the streets of the Pietermaritzburg CBD. They joined millions of other South Africans in saying “enough is enough” with the abuse of women and children in our society. South Africa has seen a spike in gender-based violence in recent years. In the absence of senior management due to pressing government and departmental duties, head of ministry and chief director Ntokozo Maphisa led the march and passed on messages of support from MEC Belinda Scott and head of department Simiso Magagula. “The MEC and HOD are very pleased with the initiative we have taken. It is indeed the duty of all men to ensure that wherever they are, women are not abused. “As KZN Treasury staff, we are also doing our bit to lend a helping hand through the messages we are conveying here today. We say enough is enough with this cancer,” said Maphisa. While an internal event in its nature, KZN Treasury nonetheless went all out to interact with the community on the streets while distributing pamphlets with useful tips. A candle was also lit at the Carbineers Park outside the city hall in memory of the victims of violence and a self-defence demonstration was offered by Serfontein Correctional Services’ Edna Grobler and Sifiso Xhakaza. “While this is not a training exercise, the demonstration today can empower you and equip you with self-defence skills that will be useful when you find yourself under attack of any form,” said Grobler. — Supplied.