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MEC lashes out at fathers who ignore to maintain their children

By Maanda Mulaudzi

The abuse directed at women is also felt by their children, and again, the abuse directed at children is also felt by women as mothers, This was a remark by Ms Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana during the Provincial launch of the 16 Days of Activism on no Violence Against Women and Children held at Modimolle Municipality, Waterberg District on 25 November 2014. The launch marks the 14th anniversary of the campaign themed, Count me in: Together moving a Non-violent South Africa forward”



The 16 days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is a United Nations undertaking that is recognised worldwide from the 25th November to 10 December. The campaign is aimed at creating awareness about the scourge of violence against women and children. Moreover, people are urged to wear a white ribbon as a symbol of peace and commitment of the wearer to never commit violence against women and children.

MEC Mokaba who was speaking on behalf of Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha  criticise fathers who default or simply ignore their maintenance obligation towards their children.
She went further to say that the government was  concerned about the plight of those women who are not working and are being denied necessary financial means by their husbands for basic necessities. She said that at times women are forced to beg their husbands for money to buy food, clothes for the children and other necessary items for the household.

“Although this Campaign is held from 25 November to 10 December every year, the message against the abuse of women and children is a year-round message. No one should be made to think that we are only vigilant during this period of 16 days. For this to be successful, every single one of us must be a Campaigner against women and child abuse”said Mme Mokaba.