Daveyton community ready to be counted in building a non-violent society
25 November 2015
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development kick-started its 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women Abuse campaign with aplomb in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni today, Wednesday, 25 November 2015.
A contingent of approximately 150 community members converged at the Rhoo Hlatswayo Arts and Culture Hall, to say “Count Me In” in the plight to stop all forms of abuse against women and children.
The campaign, held under the theme “Count me in: together moving a non-violent South Africa forward, aims to mobilise stakeholders across society to unite against all forms of abuses against women and children. It also encourages individual and community activism to stop the scourge of abuse.
The department’s event was supported by National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Legal Aid South Africa (LASA), South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African Women Lawyers Association (SAWLA) who all pledged their support and commitment to do everything in their power to work together to say enough is enough.
Forty-nine year old Daveyton resident Thabo Ngozi says the reason he attended the launch in his township is because he wants to be part of the fight against abuse to ensure that the vulnerable in our society also feel safe.
“It can never be correct that women and children are not safe around us. They see us as monsters because of what other men are doing to them. Not all men are like that and I believe that men have a huge responsibility of protecting their families and other community members against abuse”, he said.
A few community members added that even though they are not happy with the levels of crime in their area, they appreciate the initiatives government is putting in place to guarantee their safety.
Gauteng Regional Head, Emily Dhlamini says, the reason for embarking on this initiative, was to encourage everyone in communities, civil society and private sector to work closely with government and put an end to abuse.
“We invited the police, officials from the NPA, SAWLA and Legal Aid so that communities can talk to them about their issues, so we can solve them right here. Where we are unable to assist, we have taken down details and will defer them to the relevant departments so that they can be attended to”, she added.
Dhlamini highlighted the need for everyone to unite and take a stand together so that desirable results can be achieved.
“We have one common goal of putting an end to abuse and it should not matter which religion or political party you belong to, but we should be uniting and ending this together”, she stressed.
The department will have a series of activities throughout the county during this campaign to educate public to communities about the programmes available to support victims of abuse.
Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
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