Last week the president of the ANC Women’s League, Bathabile Dlamini, encouraged women across the country to stand together to fight against gender based violence and to wear black every Friday in support of the campaign.
The women of Ward 36 in Botshabelo heeded the call, and together with the elderly citizens of the old age home Tsie e fofa ka mokota, they held a march on the main road between U- and W-Section in Botshabelo.
The chairperson of the ANC Women’s League in Ward 36, Mmankaiseng Moeng, told Bloemfontein Courant that it is very hard for a female victim of violence to identify the perpetrators because in most cases they are close to the victims.
“We are here to send a strong message to men in general to help to fight gender based violence. We are not saying that all men are behind this because most men are very protective over their families. There is a huge difference between them and these thugs that are killing our women and children.
“The criminals are even raping our elders who live alone. We are scared of them and we don’t feel safe anymore. We have gathered here to say enough is enough as the women of Ward 36,” said Moeng.
Teboho Manesa, a resident who took part in the march, said that they need their brothers and fathers to see them as their wives and daughters. “Men and women should stand united to fight this epidemic,” she said. – Lebakeng Nkabi.