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Message against the abuse of women and children is a year-round message

By Maanda Mulaudzi

The message against the abuse of women and children is not limited to the duration of this campaign but is a year-round message, said MMC Lettie Moremi from Waterberg District Municipality while she was speaking on behalf of  Premier Chupu Mathabatha on the occasion of the take back the Night Campaign held at Lephalale on 10 December 2015.

 

The purpose of the campaign was to reclaim the right of the women to be safe in all places at all times of the day and night without any fear of abuse, rape, or any form of violation. The day also marked the end of the 16 days of activism against women and children abuse.

She said that the end of this campaign  should never be confused with the start of a licence to abuse and harass  women and children and that the message against the abuse of women and children was not limited to the duration of this campaign but a year-round message.” No one should be mistaken to think that we are only vigilant  during this period of 16 days”

The 16 days campaign is about to raising awareness about the unacceptable scourge of abuse which is targeted at the most vulnerable members of society.

Referring to abuse against women which was taking place at Marapong Township of Lephalale during the night, she said that as a society they cannot claim to be free and liberated whilst women were still forced off the streets by rapist and murderous who suffers from the illusion that the streets belongs to them”.

“We have come here to reclaim the constitutional rights of women, including the right to freedom of movement and the right not to be abused in any form whatsoever. These are the rights that we are not prepared to abdicate to criminals”.

“We refuse to be driven out of our streets, instead we commit ourselves to drive criminals out of our streets and communities. We will not fall, it is the criminals who must, and will fall”.

She told Lephalale Community that without taking the law into thier own hands, they must work with police and the community policing structures to expose and apprehend these criminals.