Gauteng marches against women and child abuse

Gauteng marches against women and child abuse

Civil society, faith based organisations and politicians have marched against the spike in gender-based violence in Gauteng. The aim of the march was to raise awareness and to mobilize men to be protectors of women following the recent spate of rape and killing of women in the province.

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Photo: Slindelo Masikane

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane led the march to the Regina Mundi Church.

Nkosi-Malobane was joined by Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu, who told media she believes this is not just a march to raise awareness.

"It is a walk which intends to bring safety and make our mothers, young girls and children realise they are still loved by their communities," says Shabangu.

Shabangu says action is needed to curb the spate of violence and women.

"For me, we come up with good laws, with good regulations and strategic plans, but the issue is with the implementation. I would like to see more action. We need a change of attitudes. We need to meet with the people," says Shabangu.

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Shoki Tshabalala of the 'Not in My Name' movement says the aim of the march was to acknowledge that violence against women and children has reached unacceptable levels.

"It requires a collective effort for us to aim as high as its peak and be in a position to extend our hand in terms of expertise and support to government and jointly implement programmes that are going to turn the situation around for a Gauteng that is safe for all," says Tshabalala.

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