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Durban: Protest against Gender based violence.

[CWT] Nokulunga Mkhize and Mandisa Shabangu

AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF) ethekwini Municipality and info4africa hosted a march against violence and women abuse from Durban City Hall to KwaMamuhle Museum.

The aim of the march was to raise awareness against the abuse of children and women in hopes of breaking the chains of ignorance and denial around gender- based violence.

The march departed from kwaMuhle Museum to the City Hall and protesters were provided with matching white and purple T-shirts.

According to Larissa Klazinga of Aids Health Care Foundation (AHF), South Africa alone receives thousands of rape cases and the perpetrators walk unrestricted.

“People that are affected by Gender Based Violence (GBV) never report to the police because when they report such cases dockets gets lost,” said Klazinga.

Klazing added that the intention of the march was to get young people to be part of the protest because they are living in fear and are mostly the perpetrators’ target.

“We are trying to take part in making conversations with the public, especially the youth and legislatures so that we can be able to stop the spread of HIV and hopefully stop violence against children and women. We pledge people to come forward and report such stories to the police,” she concluded.

Amongst the speakers was Bren Brophy from Info Africa who spoke about gender based violence being the big issue in South Africa.

“During apartheid, women were always at the forefront of the struggle but such cases were never taken seriously, especially if the abuse was committed by the spouse of the victim” said Brophy.