Lentswe, Klerksdorp - As part of the centenary celebrations of former President Nelson Mandela and struggle stalwart Mama Albertina Sisulu, the government and various social partners hosted Dr Kenneth Kaunda district #100MenMarch in Klerksdorp last week to stop violence against women and children.
During this national call, the streets were overcome by uniformed governmental officials, congregational leaders and community members from all over.
The march was in part of celebrating their lives but also seeks to raise awareness on the scourge of violence against women and children.
Felix Maleke from Social Development said: “The march is very important, because the abuse of the children and women must stop.
“These children and women must be protected.”
Meisie Dintwe from Matlosana municipality said: “This campaign led by men gives hope and courage to most of us as women. When men lead, they can open dialogues in their different platforms to encourage men to claim back their important status in the society of protecting, providing and educating their children and be good partners to their loved ones.”
Correctional Services’ Busi Shibambo said the campaign is another platform to engage man to realise that gender based violence is bigger than what people say it is.
“Lately there are media reports on how women and children are assaul-ted, abducted, and killed. Women suffer from depression because they have been emotionallyl abused.
“Man should stop shielding themselves from cultural practice that if you’re man, you show your skills by beating up your wife, this is a wrong perception and men must change this attitude.”
Capt Kgalalelo Taunyana from SAPS said: “We are so happy that the march transpired to teach us and to stop abuse. It starts with you at home to stop and help. It must be spread, but not stop here with information of stopping the abuse.”
Home Affairs’ Thulo Tlhone said: “It must not be today only, but we must continue to make this awareness of the abuse of the children and women. Men are also abused, so it must also be considered too.”
It wasn’t only governmental officials who attended, but Papi Khang who survives by recycling also attended.
“The abuse of children and women is serious, so let prisons be not restaurants, perpetrators must be arrested. Abusers deserve death penalties. We as men, we must be one thing by saying one word that we must start with ourselves and support each other.
“As in now, I’m just surviving by recycling things, but government is busy abusing me by take my things and throwing them away.”