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Senior citizens speak out against GBV
​Around 100 senior citizens from ward 41 took to the streets to raise awareness about the ongoing abuse of women, children and the elderly.

The awareness campaign was organised by the Community Participation and Action Support Unit in partnership with the local ward councillor and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Ward 41 Councillor Mondli Zwane said it was concerning that the scourge of abuse against women, children and the elderly was growing. “Today we drove through the whole ward talking to people about this problem and encouraging them to speak out against it.”

He said men and women were equal before the law. “We have seen many families destroyed because of gender-based violence, we are saying enough is enough. Real men must rise up and protect women and children.”

Mthoko Mkhize, a community mobiliser with the Community Participation and Action Support Unit said they have been on the ground talking to people about this serious issue. “We hope that campaigns such as these will help bring about change and show those who abuse women and children that they have no place in our communities.”

He said they will continue to work with various stakeholders to create awareness around gender-based violence. “This is not a once off initiative but is ongoing. We have other programmes that we are working on where we teach young boys to become responsible men.”

Ncane Sibiya, 75, said it was important for the elderly to lend their voice to the clarion call to end gender-based violence. “We are here today to say gender-based violence must end, not tomorrow but today.” She said they were tired of living in fear and yearned to live in a safe environment.

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