Large crowd wait for Zuma at 16 days of activism launch

2014-11-25 10:21
File: AFP

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Johannesburg - A long queue of people waited to enter the WJ Clements Stadium in Reiger Park, Johannesburg, on Tuesday in anticipation of President Jacob Zuma's launch of the 16 days of activism against violence against women and children campaign.

Loud music pumped across the field where a large white tent was erected.

At the entrance officials handed out 16 days of activism flags and T-shirts.

Outside, the street was filled with people and cars.

The 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 from various departments met residents to discuss ways of dealing with the problems they faced.

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