The Mangaung Police Station in Phahameng launched their 16 Days of Activism against violence against women and children today where community members gathered in prayer for the campaign. Different religious groups, including Christian and Muslim, along with the young and old, took part in the prayer session ahead of the festive season.
Constable Ntswaki Phandliwe of the Mangaung Police Station said that the campaign was of importance to the community as there are many reports of incidences of domestic violence.
“We have a very high rate of domestic violence. When you look at our statistics we do not have many serious crimes, besides assaults and assaults which are normally incidents of domestic violence. We want the community to feel safe enough to access their police stations in these situations,” explained Phandliwe.
“The campaign is about to start. There are a lot of programmes that we will undertake in Mangaung during the 16 days and into the festive season,” she added.
The launch took place at the station in Phahameng near Heidedal where people from all over Mangaung often report cases.
Malefu Shibane of the Department of Social Development said that officials see many cases of abuse in families.
“There have been many reports of violence since Women’s Month in August so I implore women to not only take out protection orders against their abusers but to pursue them in court as well. It may save their lives,” explained Shibane.
The 16 Days of Activism Campaign is held from 25 November to 10 December every year.