March for women’s rights

2018-03-20 06:01

A mass march to demand better police service delivery is arranged for tomorrow as South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day.

Starting at 09:00 at the corners of Langeberg and AZ Berman Drive the march will go to all three stations in Mitchell’s Plain.

“The first stop will be at Mitchell’s Plain Police station and we will continue to Lentegeur police station from there,” says Joanie Fredericks, one of the organisers.

Fredericks adds that they are also planning to march to Strandfontein Police Station.

“The South African Constitution, the best in the world, has given citizens some of the most powerful rights. Sections 9 and 10 in the Bill of Rights for me are some of the most crucial in the entire constitution given our violent history as South Africans in an apartheid era that stripped human beings from everything they ever were,” says Friedericks in a statement.

“Because these sections provide especially women with the fundamental equality and dignity we have never ever experienced.”

These two sections deal with human dignity and equality.

“These sections especially ensure that women feel safe, are safe and when their safety is threatened have protection in the form of the South African Police Service,” she continues.

The march is open to all and encourages residents to engage on the topic of safety and better delivery with specific reference to women and crimes affecting them.

The march is aimed at engaging 1000 victims, survivors and supporters marching and some of the organisers are Washiela Smith, Leeann Hannival and Fafa Moore.

“Domestic Violence must fall. The police have failed victims of domestic violence,” the event poster says.

“A woman is killed every six hours by an intimate partner. These statistics are frightening.”

Fredericks continues to thank the officers who have helped and says they are not all grouped in the same bunch.

The march is aimed at creating a better reception for victims who often fear reporting abuse due to possible victimisation.

V To join the walk or pledge support, visit the Mitchell’s Plain Impact Association Facebook Page, or call Fredericks on 076 921 6767, Hannival on 078 501 3130, Smith on 076 522 7001 or Moore on 071 078 2191.

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