March Against Women Abuse
The group of marchers gathering at the Piet Retief Primary School before beginning with the march

Peaceful march against women abuse was held in town to protest against the recent killings of women during which there was called for zero tolerance against these crimes.

The march started at the main entrance to Piet Retief Primary School, in Church Street and ended at the Kempville Grounds. During the formal event, the petition that wat set up by the organisers, was handed over to Cllr. Z. J. Mnisi, who was standing in for the Executive Mayor. Due to other responsibilities, the Executive Mayor Hon. Cllr. Vusi Motha, could not be present at the event.

The petition was read out by Slungile Nhlabo, who handed it over to Cllr. Z. J. Mnisi. The guests included the Municipal Manager, Mr A. W. Nkonyane, Mr. M. A. Xaba representing the Local Taxi Association, Mr. Z. R. Hlophe, representing the Long Distance Taxi Association and the Assistant Director of Correctional Services, Mr. J. D. Shongwe.

Ms. Nandi Shongwe, the Special Programs Directorate for the Mpumalanga Premier’s Office, attended the function, representing both the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment desk (GEWE) and the Rights of Older Persons desk (ROP). The following numbers were made available to persons interested in getting in touch with these offices: GEWE – 013 766 2333/2323 ROP – 013 766 2375 Ms.

Lindiwe Nhleko from the Forensic Department at the hospital explained to the individuals present that they do DNAtesting when rape victims open a case. Capt. Khanye from the SAPS was also granted a slot to give more information on rapes in Mkhondo. Thank you to everyone who worked to make this event possible and attended the event.

The dedication of the community to the safety of women and children in Mkhondo helps make one see light at the end of a violent tunnel. It was encouraging to see that not only women were supportive of this event, but men as well.

Events like this make it clear that something like #menaretrash taking over social media does not give a fair representation of men, as there are many men in South Africa that are very concerned about the safety of women and children.