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Men needed to act and speak out against any form of abuse against women and children

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THE NORTHERN Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Lebogang Motlhaping, has condemned the murder of a 36-year-old Mothibistad woman who was allegedly killed by her partner on July 28.

Motlhaping pointed out that the incident happened just before the start of Women’s Month, which is celebrated in August.

“Government will focus on several themes and programmes to fight the scourge of gender-based violence in our communities,” said Motlhaping.

“The Northern Cape provincial programme was launched in Upington on Tuesday with a #TotalShutDown march. Women of all backgrounds joined in solidarity to bring stories of abuse, violence and neglect to the attention of the broader justice system for action.

“During August, and moving forward, we need to realise that preserving and protecting the safety of our women and children is sacrosanct.”

Motlhaping also called on the community to assist the authorities in arresting of the suspect.

“Kgomotso Tabakeng was murdered after a fight with the man she lived with. The relationship was characterised as an abusive one and, although she has never opened a case against the suspect, she had an interdict against him entering her premises. The suspect, who is said to be a Lesotho national, fled after the incident and is still at large. Our police service must heed the calls of our vulnerable and respond with prompt reaction times. A call goes out to members of the community to come forward with any information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect ,” he said.

Motlhaping added that men needed to act and speak out against any form of abuse against women and children.

“No instances of violence, be it verbal, financial or physical should be tolerated within our homes. No instances of intimidation, victimisation, sexual harassment or exploitation must be allowed in our places of work, worship or education.

“We need to redefine the patriarchal legacies that rendered the bodies of our women into crime scenes, to a legacy that affirms the husband, father and brother as protectors, not perpetrators.

“As fathers, brothers, community and religious leaders, as well as the police, we need to safeguard the dignity of our women and children as a right and as our highest civic and moral obligation,” Motlhaping advised.