Local men and women added their to the call for the end gender-based violence during a march in the north last Saturday.
The march led the ANC Women’s League, Young Women’s desk of Sefako Makgatho Health Science University began at the university and made its way to the Ga-Rankuwa police station and back.
Desk deputy convener Nqobile Makhaza said that the march was influenced by the late Zolile Khumalo, a student at the Mangosuthu University of Technology who was shot dead at her university residence, and other women killed every day.
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Wearing black and ANC doeks, the women handed over their strategy document to end violence against women and children, to the police station management and the university vice chancellor.
Former ANC Women’s League official Zukiswa Gonya said the police needed to patrol the area regularly.
“We need police patrols around the zones of Ga-Rankuwa with a turnaround time of less than an hour especially at hot spots like taxi/bus stops and the university entrances,” said Gonya while reading the memorandum to the station management.
Brigadier Junior Lehabe-Metsi said the police welcomed the memorandum and would sit with the management to discuss a way forward.
“What you have endorsed here has already been echoed by our minister and our national commissioner to say that there is an operation called Operation Buya Mthetho. Based on the operation, everything that is obtained in the memorandum is going to be addressed,” said Lehabe-Metsi
Lehabe-Metsi applauded the young women for continued effort to raise the awareness on this important issue.
“Our promise as the management is that we are going to deliver as we are the servants of the community. We appreciate that you have come to us in fighting our common enemy which is a crime,” said Lehabe-Metsi.
University vice chancellor Chris de Beer said the university fully supported any cause aimed at raising the awareness of femicides.
“Management will reply to the demands. We support the movement unconditionally. I would like to appeal especially to our female students to come to the fore and report those incidents of violence and rape that is happening. There is a zero tolerance of any of those acts,” said De Beer.
Second year bachelor of pharmacy student and abuse victim Retang Phaahla said she supported the march on behalf of all women.
“This march represents all women out there who go through a lot each and every day and yet cannot speak out. I am standing up for them,” said Phaahla.
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