RU march against abuse

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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.

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