Governance and Human Capital Committee Chairperson Councillor Nkosenhle Madlala condemned gender-based violence (GBV) in communities. To show commitment to ending this scourge, King MisuZulu kaZwelithini led a men’s march to end GBV and raise awareness of mental health issues.
COMMITTED to fighting the scourge of gender-based violence (GBV) and to fast-track service delivery, eThekwini Municipality partnered with the GoodMen Foundation for a men’s march recently. The march aimed to raise awareness on men’s health, including mental health, as well as educate the public on the various programmes the City has to combat violence within communities.
Led by the Zulu king Inkosi MisuZulu kaZwelithini, the City commemorated National Men’s Day with a march from the Mangosuthu University of Technology leading to the King Zwelithini Stadium in uMlazi. Chairperson of the Governance and Human Capital Committee Councillor Nkosenhle Madlala said the City supports the GoodMen Foundation’s initiative. “We want to end GBV in communities. We have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to perpetrators of crime and abuse,” he said.
Councillor Madlala said the City remains committed to strengthening relations with internal and external stakeholders to raise awareness of GBV. “We understand that for us to rapidly reduce the scourge of violence, rape, and teenage and unplanned pregnancies we must take ownership as men. It is important to educate men on mental health issues. They must not be afraid to seek help if necessary,” he concluded.