Ekurhuleni committed to fighting gender-based violence

2014-11-25 12:40

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Johannesburg - Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele on Tuesday welcomed President Jacob Zuma to Reiger Park at the official launch of the 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children campaign.

He said the launch could not have come to a better place.

"It could not come to a better area considering the violence meted out to our children over the past months."

Gungubele said he had been shocked by recent reports of South African women and children being subject to human trafficking.

Ekurhuleni was committed to fighting gender-based violence, he said.

He wanted the ongoing "genoeg is genoeg" (enough is enough) campaign to be a success.

The 16 days campaign is held once a year to help prevent violence against women and children.

Recently three-year-old Cuburne Lavone van Wyk went missing, and his burnt body was found at a mine dump in Ramaphosa, Reiger Park.

A man was arrested and is due in court again in December.

Ten-year-old Siphamandla Madikane, from the Ramaphosa settlement, was found by a passer-by also at a mine dump in November last year.

Four-year-old Taegrin Morris from Delmore Gardens, near Reiger Park, died after his parents' car was hijacked.

He got stuck in the seatbelt and was dragged along the road and later found dead.

Earlier in November, the Boksburg Magistrate's Court withdrew all charges against Thamsanqa Twala, who had been accused of involvement in the death of the child, infuriating the community.

On Monday Gauteng premier David Makhura and a team of representatives of various departments met residents to discuss ways of dealing with the problems they faced.

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