Scores march for unity

2019-08-20 06:00
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Acall for unity and an end to domestic violence topped the agenda as angry residents, led by Mothers for Justice, marched through the streets of Heideveld.

The peace march, on Friday 9 August, also called for an end to gang violence, crime and violence against women and children.

Waving placards that denounced violence, scores of incensed residents took to the streets to voice their concerns. Young and old took part in the march.

Mothers for Justice chairperson Vanessa Adriaanse told the women the march had been organised to mobilise them against life challenges.

“Today is about you knowing that you serve a purpose. Do not care about what the next person thinks,” she said.

She added the day was about encouraging women to speak up about issues they were going through in their families. According to her, that would inspire other women to break the silence.

“Let us encourage other women to speak up. Be the motivation to other women,” she emphasised.

Mothers for Justice is a non-profit organisation (NPO) that provides various services to the community. Among others, it assists learners with their homework. It also helps substance abusers and victims.

In her address, Adriaanse stressed the importance of women in society. She pleaded with them to stand up for their rights.

“Stand up and say ‘genoeg is genoeg’ (enough is enough).

“We are tired of our homes being taken over by gangsterism. We are tired of our homes being taken over by domestic abuse and drugs,” she stressed.

The march sent out a message of unity and called for an end to societal ills. Marchers also invited fellow residents to join the demonstration.

They said if more people joined such movements, the perpetrators would realise that residents meant business.

Wheelchair-bound resident Suzan Steyner said it was important for her to be part of the march and to raise her voice as a woman.

She said, due to increased violence in society, being alive was a blessing.

“I do not have a husband and my children are all married,” she said. “I am not safe as a woman and that is why I am marching today.”

Widaad Fataar (8) said she would like to see an end to all the shootings and the abuse.

The Grade 2 Woodlands Primary School learner wishes to become a doctor and help society.

“I want to heal people who are hurt in domestic violence. I also want to help them,” she explained.

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