MANKAYANE FOLKS TAUGHT ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS
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.
Thato Molosankwe addressing residents of Mankayane yesterday during the commemoration of several causes along with International Human Rights Day.