Men’s march in Tembisa a success
Hundreds of men recently took to the streets of Tembisa, in a bid to demonstrate unity in the fight against abuse and violence particularly on women and girls.
Approximately 500 men and women gathered in Tembisa to march for three kilometres to raise their voices in the fight against women and children abuse as part of the department’s activities during the 16 Days of Activism.
Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister, Mr John Jeffery led the march and encouraged men to spread a message of love, peace, responsibility and care. “We really appreciate men who support and protect their families and not abuse them,” he remarked. Also attending the march were the Chief Operations Officer, Dr Khotso De Wee and Acting Court Services Deputy Director-General, Mr Tsietsi Malema.
The deputy minister led the public march in an effort to raise awareness against child poverty and economic abuse in the area. He also called upon men to talk about their problems so that they can get help. “Real men do not remain silent when other men use sexual violence to assert their authority,” he warned.
The march is a joint effort between the department and a non-governmental organisation, the Positive Men's Movement of South Africa (POMESA). “Violence against women and children is a societal problem. As the justice system, we are at the - tail-end of the whole process that is why we are leading a – men’s march against violence on women and children in Tembisa,” said Deputy Minister Jeffery.
Mr Johannes Mofokeng said all men must be responsible and take good care of their families. “Let us protect our women and children against economic abuse and I encourage men to talk about their problems so that they can get advices. We must support our children and let us pay maintenance,” said Mr Mofokeng.
By Mokgethwa Ngoepe
Published: 11 Dec 2014