North West community urged to report abuse
The North West Highveld Team hosted the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children awareness campaign at Ikageng Stadium, together with the Castello and Boskop Teams and various stakeholders.
The teams started the day by marching through the streets of Ikageng in Potchefstroom with community members, members of the Department of Social Development, SAPS, Health Department, Banna Ba Kae, Tlokwe Local Municipality, Correctional Services, North West University Law Clinic, the Department of Education & Sports Development as well as children who came in numbers to participate in various activities.
According to Sinah Phalatse, one of the participants from the Highveld Base, they participated in this awareness campaign to encourage the community to speak up about violence against women and children and to show support for abuse victims. Phalatse feels the initiative highlighted the fact that the WOF programme took the issue of women and children abuse seriously.
Phalatse also encouraged community members to speak about these important issues.
“We have to take charge now and not wait for November and December because this campaign of no violence against women and children must be an all-year-round activity,” she says.
Forensic Nurse MJ Mtshatshani, from the Thuthuzela Care Centre at Potchefstroom Hospital, encouraged the community to come forward and report cases of rape and genderbased violence, because failure to report could result in a person being on the wrong side of the law.
“Let us take ownership of this campaign. You have to report abuse so we can be able to help you and take all the necessary steps to assist,” she says.