MANKAYANE FOLKS TAUGHT ABOUT HU­MAN RIGHTS

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - STO­RIES BY THEMBEKA DLAMINI

Three hun­dred and 40 years ago, a ser­mon by The­olo­gian John Wes­ley with the phrase ‘Clean­li­ness is next to God­li­ness’ was de­liv­ered and has for­ever been as­so­ci­ated with a bi­b­li­cal verse.

A com­mem­o­ra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Day, which is to­mor­row, by the Catholic Com­mis­sion for Jus­tice and Peace Swazi­land, in­tro­duced a new adage which they hope will stick just as well; ‘Clean­li­ness is a hu­man right.’ At­tended by hun­dreds of peo­ple from Mankayane and sur­round­ing ar­eas, the com­mis­sion, founded by the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, spoke to all the is­sues that are com­mem­o­rated in the month of De­cem­ber. They en­sured ob­ser­vance of the on­go­ing 16 Days of Ac­tivism Against Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence as well World AIDS Day, which is com­mem­o­rated on De­cem­ber 1 an­nu­ally.

Guests in­cluded Thato Molosankwe, an ac­tivist cur­rently mak­ing his way to Cairo from Cape Town on foot, of­fi­cers from the Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence and Child Sex­ual Of­fences Unit rep­re­sented by Nonhlanhla Shongwe. There was also Coun­cil of Churches’ Melusi Mat­sen­jwa.

Ex­plain­ing the pur­pose of the event, CCJP Chair­per­son Sandile Fakudze said they wanted to en­sure that the com­mu­nity was in­formed on var­i­ous is­sues so that they can be dis­cern­ing; “An in­formed mind be­comes formed, hence the day we have to­day.” He stated that in­for­ma­tion was not use­ful in the event there was no guid­ance on how to use it as peo­ple could go about do­ing their own things without proper struc­ture. On the other hand, Shongwe high­lighted some of the im­por­tant clauses in the Sex­ual Of­fence and Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Act such as Sec­tion 77 which speaks of phys­i­cal abuse. She warned those present that they should know that love and abuse do not go to­gether. Ex­plain­ing some of the sce­nar­ios which are abu­sive, she warned against emo­tional and fi­nan­cial abuse as well. Fur­ther, she said it was time men find out­lets whereby they come to­gether to talk of their is­sues in light of the height­ened killings which can be avoided if they learn to re­solve their feel­ings of anger by com­pro­mise, self-aware­ness and for­give­ness. Fur­ther, she in­formed the au­di­ence about the im­pli­ca­tions of be­ing found guilty of phys­i­cal abuse as of­fend­ers can be sen­tenced to 16 years in prison or fined E75 000 or both. Mat­sen­jwa talked of the ori­gins of the com­mem­o­ra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Day, whereas the poet Choco­late called for a stop to rit­ual killings as well as all forms of abuse.

Sergeant In­no­cent Choco­late Dube mo­bil­is­ing the com­mu­nity to be part of the clean up cam­paign.

Ng­wem­p­isi MP Mthandeni Dube took time to take part in the clean up cam­paign as well as the sub­se­quent com­mem­o­ra­tion of sev­eral cour­ses.

The van load of garbage col­l­lected.

Pics) (Cour­tesy

Thato Molosankwe ad­dress­ing res­i­dents of Mankayane yes­ter­day dur­ing the com­mem­o­ra­tion of sev­eral causes along with In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Day.

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