Vi­o­lence, HIV/Aids in spot­light

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Masi­manyane Women’s Rights In­ter­na­tional part­nered with Bumb’In­gomso and the SAPS to host an in­ter­sec­tional cam­paign on gen­der-based vi­o­lence and HIV/Aids in Mdantsane last Thurs­day.

“The pur­pose of the ses­sion was to en­gage the com­mu­ni­ties on what the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween HIV/Aids and vi­o­lence against women is, its im­por­tance, and how this un­der­stand­ing can help fight the so­cial ill of vi­o­lence against women and the epi­demic of HIV/ Aids,” said Bumb’In­gomso mem­ber Xolelwa Pona.

“Steve Let­sike of the South African Na­tional Aids Coun­cil (Sanac) men­tioned that ho­mo­sex­ual re­la­tion­ships could be as abu­sive as het­ero­sex­ual re­la­tion­ships. Po­lice of­fi­cers should nor­malise see­ing gay and les­bian peo­ple com­ing to po­lice sta­tions to re­port crime and their abu­sive part­ners.

“In­ter­na­tional Al­liance of Women sec­re­tary-gen­eral Mma­batho Ra­m­agoshi en­cour­aged peo­ple to speak up about the abuse and the vi­o­la­tion of women in churches, as she made ref­er­ence to the Omo­toso trial,” said Pona.

Cap­tain Noyephi Mta­lana of NU1 Mdantsane po­lice sta­tion em­pha­sised that when a per­son has been vic­timised by the SAPS, they have a right to re­port the mat­ter to the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate (Ipid).

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DIS­MAL DUMP: Rub­bish piles up high out­side the Bea­con Bay mu­nic­i­pal of­fice and li­brary as the Samwu protest brings mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices to a stand­still

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FLY IT HIGH: Ev­ery year, the East Lon­don Cale­do­nian Society asks per­mis­sion to fly the saltire at the City Hall on St An­drew’s Day – Novem­ber 30. The first record of this prac­tice is in 1916. The East Lon­don Cale­do­nian Society is the old­est ex­tant Cale­do­nian Society in South­ern Africa, founded in 1876. Peo­ple wish­ing to know more may con­tact Rox­anne Piderit at rox­an­nepi­[email protected] or 082-455-8661

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INTERSECTIONALITY: Masi­manyane ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Les­ley Ann Forster with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers at the in­ter­sec­tional cam­paign on gen­der-based vi­o­lence and HIV/Aids

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