Abuse-fighting walkers appeal for assistance

2016-06-16 06:00
Marize Oosthuisen (left) and Jan Mabuyakhulu are walking from the South Coast to Pietermaritzburg to highlight the abuse of women and children. Photo: vusi mthalane

Marize Oosthuisen (left) and Jan Mabuyakhulu are walking from the South Coast to Pietermaritzburg to highlight the abuse of women and children. Photo: vusi mthalane

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A GROUP of people, embarking on a walk from Port Shepstone to Pietermaritzburg to highlight the plight of abuse against women and children, are appealing to the public for donations and accommodation assistance along the way.

The group includes South Africa’s most famous walker, Jan Mabuyakhulu and three people from the South Coast. They departed on Tuesday morning and their journey will end at the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Mabuyakhulu, from Mtubatuba in northern KwaZulu-Natal, has undertaken a number of walks since 2013, which included walking from his hometown to Durban as well as walking from Johannesburg to Cape Town. All the walks were to raise funds for causes that fight women and children abuse.

“The abuse is not stopping, so I am also not going to stop highlighting this until the message gets through,” said Mabuyakhulu.

Local resident, Marize Oosthuizen, who is also taking part, said she is walking so that people can see that many children experience abuse, but are not getting the justice they deserve.

“We are doing this for all children of South Africa from all backgrounds. Once a child has been abused sexually, the consequences of that are devastating as the child will become withdrawn and experience nightmares. It takes a lot of counselling and sometimes medication to get them right again,” said Oosthuizen.

To help in this worthy cause, contact Oosthuizen on 071 557 480 or Mabuyakhulu on 079 437 0138.

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