JMPD takes a firm stand against Gender based violence

Recent weeks have seen several high profile cases of gender based violence splashed across headlines. Millions of Women around the country have demanded an end to these abuses, increasingly, people are calling for men to take action as well. As part of commemorating the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence(GBV), Johannesburg Metro Police Department, in conjunction with Emergency Medical service embarked on a motorcade on Wednesday, December 1st,with a pledge to eliminate violence against women and children in the country.

The event began at the Dobsonville Mall about 10am and continued on to the Ndingiliza intersection where protesters engaged in vigorous discussions with residents, as part of the campaign aimed at raising awareness about some of the most rampant human rights violations. During the motorcade, protesters called for harsher sentencing of perpetrators of sexual and domestic violence and more restrictions on bails.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread persistent and devastating human rights violations in the country today and remains largely unreported due to impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it. Johannesburg Metro Police Department Spokesperson, Xolani Fitlha, has called on all stakeholders to ensure that this year’s campaign is meaningful and brings change in the lives of all South-African women and children. “If we can work together as stakeholders, hopefully in the near future we can have less cases of Gender based violence”, added Fitlha. Residents noted that these conversation have been eye-opening. The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence is an annual campaign that kicks of on 25 November, and runs until 10 December.

Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News