‘Ball’ players join hands against femicide

2019-09-10 06:01
The bridge of Kromboom Road crossing the M5 was lined with softball players, officials and other members from the Cape Town Softball Association as they showed their outrage at gender-based violence.

The bridge of Kromboom Road crossing the M5 was lined with softball players, officials and other members from the Cape Town Softball Association as they showed their outrage at gender-based violence.

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Players, coaches, administrators, umpires and other members of both the Cape Town Softball Association (CTSA) and the Cape Town Baseball Federation (CTBF) joined hands in their protest against femicide during peak traffic on the Kromboom Road bridge crossing (M5) on Friday 6 September.

Passing motorists gave their approval with continuous blaring of the hooters, extending the outpouring.

“A sharp increase in recent cases of femicide has pushed South African women to the brink. Protestors took to the streets of Cape Town to show their support for women and children and the atrocities they are subjected to. Our human right to be protected in society has been grossly neglected with the increase in crime,” says CTBF public relations officer, Diedré Marquard.

She adds that both the CTBF and CTSA are united in supporting the cause, because #enoughisenough.

“We stood in solidarity in protest receiving support from all cars hooting as they passed by. As sporting federations, we continue to support this cause and pray for justice to be served on all those who disrespect the lives of others,” she adds.

Meanwhile, newly-elected CTSA chair Hayley Carolus was grateful for the turnout experienced at Friday’s demonstration.

“The executive committee wants to thank all members for joining us on Friday. It was stepping stone towards our end goal of creating awareness around gender-based violence. Enough is enough; we need to stand together for all those who are suffering,” she said.

Lorene Beukes, vice-president of CTBF’s administration hopes that the spirit of unification between the two sporting administrative bodies continues.

“It’s something we had to do and have to do. The turnout was awesome; enough to make a point. Thank you to softball, and to all the ladies who were there, because it is really important. This is the first time we’ve joined for anything. I hope that the next time we join is for a happier occasion and that our relationship keeps going and gets stronger.”

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