OFFICE OF THE MAYOR LEADS MARCH AGAINST VIOLENCE TOWARDS WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Written by: Mfundo Knowledge Mthembu
The office of eThekwini Municipality Mayor, Zandile Gumede hosted a march against violence towards women and children on Friday.
Members of churches, political groups, musical groups, artists, law enforcement and communities of Durban gathered at the Louis Botha Park, before making their way to The Gugu Dlamini Park.
Mayor Gumede said, “Today we are all gathered here to condemn the problem facing men who are undermining the rights of women. Today we are gathered here as the Office of the Mayor to stop the violence against women and their right because women are important to our society.”
She added that she condemns the violence against all children because children are the future of the nation and it is everyone’s responsibility to protect children.
Umlazi Gospel Choir sang songs against violence and abuse of women and children while also thanking the eThekwini Municipality and Mayor Zandile Gumede for services offered to people.
Member of the Executive Council (MEC) of Social Development Weziwe Thusi, who was also the host at this event, voiced out her concerns and dissatisfaction of any kind of violence against women and children.
“We are going to stop with the all kinds and acts of violence and abuse against women and children, as well as drug abuse and people who smuggle and sell drugs. We also condemn the brutal killings of women in this country,” said Thusi.
Kwaito artist, Thokozani Zulu professionally known for his stage name as T’zozo, was a guest speaker at the event and he stated his disapproval of violence against women and children.
“You strike a woman, you strike a rock. I pledge commitment to work with the government in this campaign of fighting violence against women, rape against grandmothers, rape against mothers and violence against children. We condemn all acts of violence,” said Zulu.
*Caption: People marching against women and children abuse.