Hoot against violence targeting women, children - minister

2015-11-12 19:05


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Cape Town - Hoot, whistle and switch on your hazards in solidarity against crimes against women and children on Thursday.

Also, light a candle an hour for women and children who have lost their lives to violence on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

This is the directive from minister in the presidency responsible for women, Susan Shabangu, speaking during a parliamentary debate on Thursday.

The debate, 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children: Count me in: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward, followed the same theme annually in Parliament with parties calling for swift intervention in the growing scrounge.

Shabangu called for South Africans, especially men, to stand up and be counted in the crime fight against women and children.

“On Thursday next week, November 19, we call on all South Africans to switch on their hazard lights, blow whistles and hoot for at least five minutes between 07:30 and 08:00 just to register their concern - especially men who say 'not in my name'.”

She said she wanted to hear a cacophony of sounds as South Africans joined forces to be heard saying "enough is enough".

“This cannot just be a campaign for government. It is a campaign for the nation. For everyone saying count me in, together moving towards a non-violent South Africa. We all have to contribute towards the change and creating a South Africa which is free and peaceful.”

Opposition parties bemoaned the lack of action in dealing with violence against women and children in South Africa.

EFF MP Mmabatho Mokause said the ruling party was more focused on protecting President Jacob Zuma than women and children.

“As a country, we neither have the will nor desire to root out this cancer of abuse against women and children.”

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children runs between November 25 and December 10.

Read more on:    eff  |  susan shabangu  |  cape town  |  child abuse  |  16 days of activism  |  parliament 2015  |  human rights

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