RU march against abuse
The Rhodes University office of Equity and Institutional Culture in partnership with members of the Rhodes University Student Body, Makana Municipality, SAPS, the Department of Health and Social Development will host the March Against Gender Based Violence (GBV) tomorrow 9 September from 9am to 12pm.
Organisers have invited the Grahamstown community to take part in the march, which has two starting points.
The Rhodes community and Grahamstown West will meet and march from under the Rhodes University Arch while the Grahamstown East community will meet at the Joza Youth Hub. Both parties will meet at Fingo Square for a short programme from 10am – 12pm.
In a statement, Ncebakazi Ntsokota, Project Administrator and Communications Officer at the Equity and Institutional Culture, Rhodes University, said The march “aims to raise awareness against Gender Based Violence in our community and nationally, following the many incidences of Gender Based Violence that have been reported and covered in the media”.
Ntsokota said the march seeks to remember victims of GBV like Karabo, Kwezi, Lelona Fufu, Boitumelo Manyadioane, Amanda Tweyi, Noluvuyo Swelindawo and many stories of the LGBTQIA, and many others in our community whose stories were not told.
“The march aims to express the community’s support for the 6 Point Plan put forward by the Minister of Police, with additions and recommendations.”
The gathering will be addressed by representatives from the South African Police Service, Social Development and the Department of Health, on the different procedures in place to deal with cases of Gender-Based Violence. These will be followed by a question and answer session.