FS premier joins march against GBV and femicide in Bloem

Protestors in front of the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court this morning. PHOTO: KEKE MOSEBETSI

The Premier of the Free State, MaQueen Letsoha-Mathae, joined a march held under the banner, “March for Justice”, organised against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF), Wednesday morning (26/6) in Bloemfontein.

The march follows the gruesome killing of Judith Mpho Moalusi (41), reportedly at the hands of her boyfriend, on Sunday 16 June 2024.

“Government must take a posture of zero-tolerance towards abuse, and condemn all forms of gender-based violence,” said Letsoha-Mathae. “We call on all sectors of society to commit to ending GBVF in all its forms.”

The premier further said that while various forms of abuse like economic abuse, blesser syndrome, illegal labour practises, emotional abuse and physical abuse continue at alarming levels, the government must work together with all sectors of society to unequivocally condemn and end the scourge of GBVF.

“All South Africans must act to prevent abuse and to ensure a safer society for women and children. Government alone cannot eradicate this scourge which necessitates all sectors of society to come together in partnership of creating safer communities. Gender-based violence is a societal issue, and must be addressed by all sectors of society,” said Letsoha-Mathae.

Compiled by Justine Fortuin