Gender Violence Must Be Eradicated From Grassroots Level

26 November 2013    


The IFP Women’s Brigade believes that while people have been more vocal in their condemnation of violence against women and children during the Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign, which started yesterday, the truth is that very little progress has been made in halting this violence.


“The struggle for gender equality and children’s rights in this country is a battle that is far from over. Alcohol and drug abuse, unemployment, and depression are said to be some of the causes of violence. But there is nothing that justifies violence against women and children. It is clear that gender based violence is destroying our communities,” said IFP Women's Brigade national deputy chairperson, Ms Helen Makhuba (MP)


The IFPWB believes that one of the biggest problems in dealing with cases of abuse is the weak justice system, as documents and dockets go missing, cases drag on and get thrown out of courts and conviction rates remain low.


“The wheels of justice need to turn much more swiftly to ensure that perpetrators of crimes against women and children are speedily brought to book; even maintenance defaulters should be tracked down and dealt with accordingly. We appeal to government to look at instituting harsh sentences for those who abuse women and children, as we are of the view that nothing less than life sentences are adequate” concluded Makhuba.


The IFP Women Brigade calls on the minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities to urgently call an Indaba on the murders of our children involving Amakhosi and traditional healers to discuss ways of tackling muti killings and attacks on women accused of witchcraft.


Issued by: 

Ms Helen Makhuba, IFPWB  National Deputy Chairperson , 073 268 3063


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