Tjakastad people march against women abuse

The area, as well as the rest of South Africa, is currently faced with high rates of abuse, trafficking and killing of women and children.

Several congregations, traditional leaders and police officers were among the protesters, including the executive mayor of Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality, Cllr Dan Nkosi.

Speaking at the event, Nkosi said the march was a call to end the catastrophic persecution and dehumanisation of women and children.

“Today we are proclaiming an impasse to the improper treatment, perversion and humiliation of women and female children. We are calling for perpetrators of these crimes to be lambasted and legally dealt with, so that they languish in prison,” he said.

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Nkosi also gave a proposal on how the scourge of women and child abuse can be resolved.

He slammed the ever-increasing number of taverns in the area, and stated that they are factors in the increase of crime. He also appealed to men to refrain from neglecting their families, as that is also abuse in itself.

He further pledged to call a meeting with relevant role players to address a way forward regarding these concerns as soon as possible.

Past Themba Mncina, chairman of the Pastors Forum, appealed to religious leaders not to look down on such gatherings, and stated that they are not for a select few but for all the churches, regardless of their denominations.

A memorandum was also handed to Nkosi, which he signed.

Among the issues that were mentioned in the memorandum was the request to have the SAPS contact point at Tjakastad function on a 24-hour basis, that a permanent vehicle which will be used by the police be allocated at the contact point, compliance to opening and closing times of local taverns, and that the arrest and instant release of perpetrators of crimes against women and children be halted.

Richard Nkosi

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