HEAR ME TOO; UNGAMBULALI, UNGATIBULALI!
The Deputy Prime Minister officially launched the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence as well as the Murder and Suicide Media Campaigns themed “Orange the World Hear Me Too” and “Ungambulali, Ungatibulali, Tfola Lusito” respectively.
Speaking during the launch held at the Mountain Inn Hotel on Monday, The deputy prime minister who was represented by the Minister of Public Service Christian Ntshangase revealed that the protection of citizens from any form of violence was government’s top priority. He urged all three arms of government to prioritise efforts towards the eradication of violence in the country. He said no constitutional right should be violated therefore violence should be condemned in the strongest terms.
The deputy prime minister noted that this year’s 16 Days of Activism theme “Orange the World Hear Me Too” and the Murder and Suicide Media Campaign slogan “Ungambulali, Ungatibulali Tfola Lusito”complement each other as they all call for the nation to amplify efforts towards eradicating violence. He encouraged the public to take advantage of the on-going initiatives against violence by obtaining as much knowledge and information since ignorance is not an excuse.
The acting National Commissioner William Dlamini revealed that on a daily basis reports emerge of women and children who have been sexually violated, grievously assaulted or even killed by culprits who in most cases are of the male gender. He stated that it was for this reason that the Police Service fully embraces and supports the 16 Days of Activism and would continue staging outreach crime prevention campaigns to create awareness and create a platform for an advocacy against Gender Based Violence (GBV).
Dlamini revealed that the objective of the Murder and Suicide Campaign is to mobilise the media in reaching out to the masses with the message to stop violence. He stated that the purpose is to assist would be perpetrators of murder as well as victims of suicide with professional counselling, guidance and support. He stated that in this regard, the campaign is a multi-sectoral collaboration which includes the police, government departments, NGOs, faith based organisations and other stakeholders. The acting national commissioner extended heartfelt gratitude to all stakeholders for their support in reversing the frontiers of Gender Based Violence and domestic abuse cognisant of the national slogan Bucala Yindzaba Yeftu Sonkhe. He further extended appreciation towards the office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office for legislative support in particular the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act of 2018 which is a comprehensive legal framework to protect people from domestic violence or sexual assault. UNFPA officer in-charge Margret Tfwala-Tembe stated that it was encouraging to see government taking a leading role in fighting Gender Based Violence in society as this was a prerequisite for development. She revealed that the campaign theme Orange the World, Hear Me Too is simply a bee to say listen to those affected by GBV. She challenged all sectors to amplify the voice in saying no to violence against women and children.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED: The brains behind the Murder and Suicide Media Campaign.
ATTENTIVE: Communications officers Nosipho Shongwe (Eswatini Mobile), Sergeant Khanyisile Madolo (REPS) and Mihla Khumalo (DPM’s office).
FOLLOWING PROCEEDINGS: Deputy National Commissioner Sam Mthembu and assistant National Commissioner Mxolisi Dlamini following proceedings.
PRESENT: Deputy National Commissioner Fana Ross Maseko and Ndo Mdlalose during the launch.