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COSATU to lead provincial marches against gender based violence-COSATU condemns the alleged improper acts of assaults leveled against Deputy Minister, Mr Mduduzi Manana

7 August 2017

This Month, August, the Congress of South African Trade Unions will be coming out in large numbers on the streets to raise their voices against the scourge of gender based violence that has engulfed our communities.

South Africa has since the democratic dispensation of 1994 developed a legal framework to address Gender Based Violence by introducing the Domestic Violence Act, amended the Sexual Offences Act, introduced the Children’s Act and also established a Victims Charter.

In spite of these, femicide cases and other Gender Based Violence atrocities are increasing and have left the working class women flabbergasted about their safety at work, their safety whilst commuting to and from work, as well in their own homes.

We are deeply concerned and horrified by the fact that perpetrators are mainly intimate partners known to all family members or public figures who understand the laws of this country.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and/or Intersex communities are suffering from the hate crimes of stoning, assault, insults and some horrible acts of ‘corrective rape’, which undermines their constitutional rights to their private life and right to choose how they relate to fellow human beings.

COSATU has noted with horror and mortification the allegations made against the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana after an alteraction at a Johannesburg night club over this weekend which involved a woman and calls on the Deputy Minister to recuse himself on the coming event on ‘Sexual Gender Based Violence Dialogue’ to be held by the department in partnership with Rhodes University. This act by the deputy minister reveal a leader who has put all leaders and his organisation into disrepute, reveal a leader who is patriarchal and misogynistic.

COSATU calls on Rhodes University to withdraw his name on the event scheduled to unfold on the 8 August 2017 at Barrat Lecture, Theatre 3, to be chaired by MetroFM Talk Show Host, Criselda Dudumashe.

If indeed the Deputy Minister of such a highly important institution in building social cohesion is responsible for this kind of philistine and backward behaviour we would agree with others who respects gender equality and human rights that the Deputy Minister be suspended pending finalisation of all investigations in this matter.

COSATU is completely opposed to the battering of women and Gender based violence no matter where it occurs and no matter who the perpetrators are. We are keen to see if the law will indeed take its course.

We call on our government departments and also private sector to play a meaningful role and promote a culture of good neighbourhoodness in our society that will include, amongst other outcomes, nurturing respect for a human rights culture for all citizens in general and women and children in particular.

The dominance of patriarchy in our society results in a situation where people who should know better, end up being the perpetrators of patriarchy and its offspring.

One of the most disturbing developments on the Gender Based Violence front is the fact that some incidents of workplace sexual harassment remain under-reported.

COSATU is giving a warning to all decision makers that this situation on the killing of women and children is reaching a boiling point.

COSATU and all its affiliated trade unions will embark on various activities on the ground which is aimed to galvanize and mobilize all citizens and communities to unite against gender based violence.

COSATU demands, amongst others, the following aspects to be considered and implemented without fail;

  • That the South African Police Services [SAPS] must reintroduce Victim Friendly Facility for all victims of gender based violence across all provinces and refer all victims to places of safety
  • That the Justice Department must reintroduce mobile courts that were used during the FIFA 2010 World Cup to deal with cases of gender based violence
  • That SAPS and law enforcement agencies must reprioritise cases of gender based violence and deliver justice to the families of victims
  • That SAPS must reinvigorate its hegemonic influence in Community Policing Forums and empower all citizens to participate fully and share information on all cases of gender based violence and human trafficking which remains unreported and/or unattended to in various communities

Media is invited to cover and report on the activities against gender based violence listed below:

COSATU Provincial Consolidated Program on Gender Based Violence for the Women Day / Month, 9th August 2017 – 12th August 2017

Date

Province

Activity

Location

Contact

08 August

SADTU
Mpumalanga

March against Gender Based Violence

Mkhondo city hall –Piet Retief at 10h00

George Mahlangu
079 513 6601/013 744 0383

09 August

SADTU
Free State

Provincial March

QwaQwa

Dorcas Sekabate
082 709 5699
Khanyi Mdziniso
071 604 3109

09 August

Gauteng

March handing over memorandum in demand of priority and maximum conviction on perpetrators

General High Smuts School - Vereeniging

Matshidiso Sebatana
081 477 5256

09 August

Limpopo

March starting at 09h00 Bothashoek clinic march to Tubatse Praktiseer Police station end with Memorial Lecture on Mme Emma Mashinini

Tubatse Local,
Bekkersfort

Toekie Kgabo
072 138 3042

09 August

North West

March to Klerksdorp police station

Medical Center - Oliver Tambo opposite Klerksdorp Hospital

Kopano Konopi
082 339 5836
Job Dliso
082 463 1840/
071 489 1384

09 August

Western Cape Province

Picket in demand for the priority on cases of GBV

SAPS Provincial Office
26 Alfred Rd, Green Point at 10h00 -12h00

Lumka Tamboer
076 499 0497

10 August

SADTU
Western Cape

Human chain/Picket in front of school, Condemning Violence against Women and children

Dorcas Sekabate
082 709 5699
Khanyi Mdziniso
071 604 3109

12 August

KwaZulu-Natal

March on Gender Based Violence

Market (Botha park) to Gugu Dlamini park (Workshop)

Edwin Mkhize
082 399 7756

12 August

SADTU
Free State

Women’s Day Celebration and March

Ficksburg

Dorcas Sekabate
082 709 5699
Khanyi Mdziniso
071 604 3109

Issued by COSATU

For more information contact:

Getrude Mtsweni
COSATU National Gender Coordinator
Tel: +27 11 339-4911 / Direct: 010 219 1322|+27 82 829 2966
E-mail: gertrude@cosatu.org.za

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