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“Enough is enough: we are not your punching bags”

On Monday the Tsedi Hope Foundation joined the ANCWL from Pixley Ka Seme Zone programme on gender-based violence. There were also peaceful pickets in Verulam and oThongathi – where members also marched on the streets.

The main highlight of this programme, under the COVID-19 lockdown rules, was the march through the streets to the Verulam Court. Proudly supported by ANC councillors Stanley Moonsamy, Fakazi Mdletshe, Sindy Dlamini and Sne Sishange, the united force was to highlight the scourges of GBV. The councillors remarked on the tremendous support of the community that reflected the public’s show of force towards crimes.

“We distributed sanitizers and face masks at the Verulam and oThongathi Taxi rank to ensure that our community protect themselves from the COVID-19”, stated Councillor Moonsamy.

Tsedi Hope Foundation chairperson, Eva Moonsamy stressed on social needs to end the rape culture, to end the crimes against women and children. There were unanimous calls for maximum jail sentences and heavier punishment. There were also calls for government to support NGOs and community organizations with funding to train personnel to counsel families and victims.

ANCWL of Pixley Ka Seme Zone’s Maboni Chamane led the proceedings with a strong message to government, police and justice systems: You are failing our community. We women and children cannot be punching bags for any person. Enough is enough - our voices are going to be the loudest that are going to shake all institutions, to contribute to bring an end to GBV. Our safety is everyone’s responsibility”.