‘Women need to be protected at all times’

PHOTO: suppliedWomen were given gifts at an event marking the start of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. The event was attended by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipal officials.
PHOTO: suppliedWomen were given gifts at an event marking the start of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. The event was attended by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipal officials.

THE Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality joined other government entities in marking the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children. As part of the campaign, women were given blankets and gifts to enjoy.

On Monday, The municipality held a community dialogue at Sigqumeni Hall to facilitate talk between the community and the municipality.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipal mayor Philani Shange said cases of domestic violence and forced marriages are high in the area and the municipality has been prompted to conduct awareness programmes.

He said most women do not report incidents of abuse because they feel they do not get enough support from relevant stakeholders.

“At the dialogue, people complained about SAPS, claiming that they are not assisting them. Women need to be protected at all times, not only on Women’s Month or during the 16 Days of Activism,” he said.

Representatives from the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) in KwaZulu-Natal also attended the event.

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