Saying no to gender-based violence
Many children join peaceful protest
In an effort to create awareness and help end gender-based violence, Ingcambu (translated “the root”) recently held a march in Nemato aimed at challenging men in society.
People from Port Elizabeth, East London and Mthatha joined Ndlambe residents to take a stand against gender-based violence.
The peaceful protest was dominated by the youth, who it appears are the biggest victims of abuse in SA.
The marchers assembled at Jauka Hall and headed to Magongo Stadium in Ndlovini, where various activities were held. The positive turnout was a clear indication that genderbased violence is a major concern in the province.
New Heaven football team from Port Elizabeth played local team Cosmos FC, after the opening speech and various performances.
Main speaker Brian Matross, from East London, described the effects of abuse on victims.
“Society is a broken heart, a cloth that needs mending.
“Gender-based violence is one of the ills that has murdered our communities,” he said.
He added that because of the violence perpetrated by some men in society, other men fell under the stigma of being “dogs, or trash”.
In an attempt to revive social consciousness, Matross reminded the audience that the perpetrators of violence were abusing the very same people who had endured the difficulties of raising them.
“We all came from a woman, we all see the struggles that our mothers and sisters go through on a daily basis, thus we need to be gentle with them since they are the backbone of society,” he said.
He went on to caution attendees about the longterm consequences of gender-based violence.
“Our children and the greater men in our society should know that violence cannot be used in solving societal problems,” he said.
He further encouraged children to say, “no brother, no daddy and no mother”, whenever they encountered violence.
Poet Siliziwe Syleez Jako, from Port Elizabeth, narrated a poem that expressed how he wished to correct the wrongs that he did not do.
“I will be the scapegoat, for I want to pay for all the wrongs that have been done by these dogs,” he read.
Jako said people “see and talk about women being raped and violated, yet they fear to be state witnesses and blame the system at the end of the day”.
Because of their inability to act, he labelled these as “born blind people, dumb and deaf with their thinking ability restricted by a non-existing box”.
The last performer at the event, Sinovuyo Dimanda, from Mthatha, closed the function on a high note with her powerful voice.
Being positive about the future she sang: “I know that there are many things happening in the community but I do pray that in whatever situation that we are going through I will be content tomorrow.”
Organisers Ziyanda Bans and Nolusindiso Blani expressed their appreciation to Ndlambe Municipality, the police, Ndlambe FM staffers DJ Masterpeice and Thando Mbeda, and the many people, young and old, who attended the event, for their support.
IT MUST END: A large group of people, including many children, take part in a peaceful protest against gender-based violence, organised by Ingcambu recently. They marched from Jauka Hall in Nemato to Magogo Stadium in Ndlovini