MUNICIPALITY SPEAKS OUT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
By Winston Sibanda
Hundreds of people gathered at the Green Hub Lagoon for the anti-human trafficking march on Sunday.
The 5km march that was organised by the eThekwini municipality was an awareness campaign against trafficking and abuse of women and children.
Speaker of eThekwini municipality Logie Naidoo, said it is a right for people to live in a crime free environment. He said the goal of the march was to promote awareness in a bid to create a sustainable environment.
Naidoo urged people to protect the legacy of the city of Durban.
He said, “Our 2010 projects like Moses Mabhida stadium have made us one of the international host cities. Let us protect our identity as an international destination. Let us make our city a safe city.”
One of the MAC’s mortocycle club members Doc Holman said as bikers they have a role to play in terms of protecting children.
“We are not bad guys in leather, but we are parents and we want the best for our children,” said Holman
He said the power lies within communities to root out culprits of children abuse. He said 15% of South Africa’s population has a drug problem and it is up to parents to do something about it.
Holman said, “We can not just sit and wait for police to do something about our problems because little is being done. As bikers we have started our own campaigns to clean crime off our streets and protect our children.”
Gabriella Peppas said the anti-human trafficking awareness came at the right time since it was women’s month. She said women are the most affected. She said cases of human trafficking have grown since the beginning of the year hence people needed to take a stand for the sake of women and children.
Naidoo urged people to participate in the municipalites Clean my City campaign. He said one of its mandates is combat issues such as human trafficking, which seem to be a growing trend in South Africa.