SEPHAKU – In commemoration of 16 Days of Activism on no violence against Women and Children, Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) and SOS Children’s Village embarked on march in Sephaku village outside Groblersdal on Tuesday.
Scores of members of the community comprising mainly of women and children commenced their march from Sephaku Clinic to SOS Children’s Village centre to highlight the plight of abuse of women and children through songs.
In her keynote address, Yvone Mmakola, SDM Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) on Special Projects, on behalf of SDM Executive Mayor, Stan Ramaila, reaffirmed that the district municipality had zero tolerance approach to perpetrators of women and children abuses.
Mmakola advised members of the community to work together with police to ensure safer living environment and report cases of abuses.
The MMC said people needed not to keep quite on abuses they saw in their communities and advised victims to make use of available offices that could help them fight abuses.
“People must not sit in their homes and not report when they are faced with abuses. They must know that there are relevant offices in the communities where they can head to get help. We have a serious problem of abuses in our communities and people need to stand up against any form of abuse,” advised Mmamkola.
The MMC further called on children to exercise their rights with the knowledge that those rights came with responsibilities.
“As children you have a right to education and shelter. Respect your parents and be children. Stay away from immoral acts and concentrate on building a better future for yourselves,” said Mmakola.
Sergeant Makuwa, Hlogotlou South African Police Services Social Crime Prevention member, assured members of the community that police were available at all times to help them in cases of need.
“We as the police are there for you and we want to tell you that our doors are always opened to help you in times of need. Let us work together to fight crime and that can best be achieved if you report cases,” concluded Makua.