The Executive Mayor Cllr. Lindiwe Ntshalintshali made a special appeal to the police and the Justice system to prioritise cases of abuse against women and children.
Ntshalintshali who was part of the march with NGOs, religious groups, gender groups and members of the community, handed a memorandum to the head of the eMalahleni Police General Kekana and to the manager of the Magistrate Court Mr Thulani Mabena.
The march, which was coordinated by the Transversal Unit located in the mayor’s office, was used to launch the 16 Days of activism for no violence against women and children.
“The Justice system should not give bail to people who are before the court for rape and abuse of women and children. Churches must also play their role to help government to fight against the abuse of women and children,” said Ntshalintshali.
She encouraged men who also experience abuse at the hands of their partners should report those cases to police. She warned police officers not to ridicule men who come forward. “Men should also be treated with care in instances where they are abused. Men’s cases should be handled seriously and considerate without gender discriminations,” she said.
Ntshalintshali also called on the Justice system and Police to speed up cases of violence and update victims on the progress of the case.
The 16 Days of Activism for no violence against Women and Children is observed throughout the world to raise awareness about this unfortunate occurrence which is prevalent in all societies including in eMalahleni.
While there is a national event organised by the national government, local municipalities are also encouraged to host events to raise awareness about this important campaign.
Mayor Ntshalintshali wholeheartedly supports this campaign and leads from the front on issues affecting vulnerable groups.
Accompanied by all stakeholders Mayor Ntshalintshali was given the responsibility of lighting candles as a symbol to honour women and children who died at the hands of their abusers.
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