The campaign was officially launched by the MEC of Social Development in the North West, Boitumelo Moiloa, and the Premier of North West, Job Mokgoro, in Setlagole Village in the North West on Monday 25 November 2019.
The department spokesperson, Petrus Siko, says amidst the increasing numbers of reported incidents of gender-based violence in the country this year, the department is doing its best to spread the message which strongly discourages the abuse of women and children. He says on this day the department also launches the White House – a safe house for women and children who are victims of abuse.
“We can live a peaceful life if only we come together as a community, churches, media, government, organisations and NPOs, says Siko.
Meanwhile, the president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has also officially launched the 16 days of activism at Witpoort Police Station in Lephalale, Limpopo. Ramaphosa said in his address the crisis of violence against women and children is a great shame on our nation. It goes against our African values and everything we stand for as a people. The annual 16 Days of Activism campaign will run from 25 November to 10 December 2019.
OFM News/Marvin Ntsane