19 February 2013

South Africa: Cosatu Free State Statement On the Abuse of Women and Children

Photo: GCIS
South Africans Standing Up Against Rape

COSATU in the Free State has noted with serious concern the continuous abuse of women and children in the Free State. The recent case in QwaQwa where a mother and her daughter were raped and killed in their own home was not the only set-back. It is also an insult to the strides our country has taken towards achieving the sixth demand of the Freedom Charter: ‘All shall enjoy equal human rights’. This is a sign and symptom of a sick nation and a rude wake-up call to all of us that such actions cannot be tolerated and that perpetrators rightly deserve to be locked away for life.

We can never tolerate a situation where our mothers, our daughters and even our grandmothers cannot be safe behind locked doors in their own homes. We condemn such barbaric acts in the strongest possible terms and call upon the law enforcement agencies to do everything in their power to remove such people from our society as they don’t deserve to be amongst us. “They must rot in jail”.

COSATU will be holding a march on 1st of March 2013 in QwaQwa and is currently engaging all alliance partners and civil society organisations to support the march on the 1st and a program of action has been developed in this regard.

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