Say­ing no to gen­der-based vi­o­lence

Many chil­dren join peace­ful protest

Talk of the Town - - News - TK MTIKI

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

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