An awareness march unfolded against the backdrop of the campaign for 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, held from 25 November to Monday (10/12).
The march, organised by the Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, commenced from the Galeshewe Social Centre in Kimberley. Campaigners assembled at Pick n Pay Circle, where Lebogang Motlhaping, MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, gave a message and various organisations delivered messages of support.
Members of society were urged to unite against the scourge of abuse facing women and children. Motlhaping said the heart of any society, its capacity to care and protect, its goodness and moral health, was determined by how it treated its most vulnerable, and he said that he realised with deep sorrow that society fell short of making safety for women and children a priority.
“I am not referring to safety being only a policing, government issue,” said Motlhaping.
“I want to start at our homes – there behind closed doors, where prying eyes of neighbours do not see and preaching of love and respect from pastors do not reach us, where the sirens of police vans are not heard; it is here that we breed the atmosphere conducive to the bodily violation and the perpetration of psychological warfare on the self-same people we were supposed to protect and nurture.”
Motlhaping appealed to the community to not turn a blind eye to a blue eye and encouraged them to put their nose in other people’s business if it seems they are hurting each other.