20 February 2013

South Africa: Call for Women's Imbizo About Rape

Photo: GCIS
A rally against rape and abuse in South Africa

press release

The IFP Women's Brigade wants the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities to urgently arrange an imbizo, which will bring together women from all opposition parties to hold discussions on rape.

IFP Women Brigade Chairwoman, Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa, stated that, "many people have died due to rape, including seven women in Mkhanyakude, northern KwaZulu Natal, some of whom were mutilated. This shows how many in our society no longer have a conscience."

The Women's Brigade intends to hold a prayer meeting in Durban next Thursday before embarking on a protest march and picketing campaign out courts where rapists are appearing.

"Government needs to ensure that harsher sentences are given to rapists and they should be denied bail because this is a serious crisis. Only recently a 91 year old elderly woman was raped repeatedly in her home by a knife-wielding man, who ended up even stealing the little money she had on her. This is unacceptable," said kaMadlopha-Mthethwa

The IFPWB calls on the government and amakhosi to organise workshops to speak to men about violence against women and the consequences of such actions. Furthermore, teachers need to educate young children about reporting any sexual abuse that may be happening to them.

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