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Min Shabangu calls on solidarity to defeat abuse

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 27, 2017
Min Shabangu calls on solidarity to defeat abuse

Churches of various denominations gathered in numbers to the Nelson Mandela University Sports Complex at Missionvale on Sunday to pray for a non-violent South Africa.

This is the same venue where the launch of 16 Days of Activism campaign was launched on Saturday.

Various congregations gathered under the banner of #365Days Imvuselelo programme, which is a collaborative effort of National and Provincial Government, as well as the religious sector. 

The hashtag #365Days is emphasizing the importance of carrying the message of no violence against woman and children for 365 days a year. 

Acting Chairperson of the South African Commission for Gender Equality, Ms Nondumiso Maphazi, highlighted that boys get abused too, so men should start to speak up about violence.

“It is clear that boys too get abused, so we must stop this thing of saying men shouldn’t cry because it what makes them hang themselves because they know that they will get a hiding if they cry or complain," she said.

“If you are being abused in any way or know someone who is a victim of abuse call the number the Commission for Gender Equality on 0800007709."

Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu, pleaded with all Pastors to talk to men to stop abusing women and children.

“We are not happy to even mention South Africa in other countries; they already know that this country shows the highest rape statistic of woman and children abuse," she said.

“It’s even hard to walk in the streets alone as a woman because you don’t know who is waiting for who, where and what will they do.

“South Africa, let us have peace, lets protect our children, let’s go back to back to our roots where a neighbours child was my child, unity will get us everywhere.”