Men join anti-abuse march

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TO STAND up against gen­der-based vi­o­lence, the East­ern Cape Pro­vin­cial of­fice of Gov­ern­ment Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem and var­i­ous stake­hold­ers led a 100 Men March on Fri­day at Scenery Park.

The march saw Buf­falo City men join­ing the event to demon­strate their com­mit­ment to mak­ing South Africa a safer place for all.

A Needs Camp res­i­dent, whose name has been with­held, said he was a for­mer drug ad­dict who once abused women. He at­tended the march un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices.

“I lost my mother, now I don’t have a mother – I killed her be­cause of drugs.

“I want to tell men that they should not use drugs.

“Even now, many of my friends do not trust me even though I have changed be­cause of the things I have done. I want to en­cour­age oth­ers to stay very far away from drugs and re­spect women,“the res­i­dent said.

Nosipho Tokwe, a Scenery Park res­i­dent, ap­plauded the men for stand­ing up against vi­o­lence.

“It is right what they are do­ing be­cause they are abus­ing us, es­pe­cially the things that are hap­pen­ing here in Scenery Park.

“I want all of them to join so they can stop be­ing an­i­mals,” she said.

Res­i­dent Vuyo Dza­wuse said: “The rea­son I am part of this march is be­cause we are tired of only hear­ing the voice of women.

“We need, as men, to walk with them and am­plify their voices.

“The few words I could say to any man who is abu­sive to women is that the time of abus­ing women is over.”

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