South Africa: Prayer Service Held Against Gender-Based Violence

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The SAPS in partnership with BCMM (Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality), BCMM Women's Caucus, Ward 50 Churches Forum, FAMSA, Buffalo City Metro Municipality Women's Caucus, SWEAT held a prayer service against Gender Based Violence at Jongilanga Community hall, Kwelerha outside East London. This initiative is informed by the recent spate of murders targeting women in the Bluewater policing precinct towards the end of 2019 including the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl whose body was found hidden in a garbage bag not far from her home. All these cases are currently before court.

Delivering the purpose of the day Bluewater Station Commander, Captain Langa pleaded with the community members to work together with the police to fight the scourge of crime in this area. He also said that he is willing to avail himself to work with the community even after office hours. "We need to work together, avail ourselves to fight against crime", said Langa.

Captain Mtalana of SAPS Mdantsane Cluster said they need the community to work with them. "We can only do limited work as police officers, we need you to help us to fight this", said Mtalana.

Mrs Clara Nyekiso Morolong who is the chairperson of the BCMM Women's Caucus said they are here to help the victims of abuse and they believe that if people work together the situation that is faced by this area (rape and murder) can change.

A candlelight prayer was then held the Churches Forum to pay respect and pray for survivors of gender based violence.

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