ANC Gauteng Legislature
Safety blitz for schools girls

Safety blitz for schools girls

5 April 2013

A blitz on schools and courts for the safety of young girls and women is on the cards. The African National Congress (ANC) Caucus in the Gauteng Legislature announced yesterday.

Speaking at the memorial service of the slain Naturena teenager Thandeka Madonsela yesterday ANC MPL at the party`s Kliptown Parliamentary Office Sakhiwe Khumalo said the ANC Caucus will on Tuesday the 9th just after classes from 2pm to 5pm embark on a safety campaign to talk about safety tips focusing on young girls and women. He said the campaign, a first of series will commence in Naturena and the surrounding areas.

"Today, in a small measure to ensure that her death is not in vain, we resolved to launch our Anti Abuse Campaign in the honour of Thandeka Madonsela and those in a similar situation as our commitment to ensuring that they will be martyred as a heroines of our struggle for freedom and human dignity. We will also, a day before Freedom Day Commemoration (26 April 2013), descend on Gauteng Courts still to be identified where cases of rapes and abuse will be held, in support of the victims," Khumalo said.

The campaign, Khumalo said will include a Workshop to be attended by all ANC members in the Legislature in three weeks time. The Workshop will also include all gender and gender violence and social development Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), expert and sector fraternal formation as well as those who are interested in the fight against women and children abuse. It will deal with the abuse in all its forms and manifestation.

"The programmes that will emerge from this workshop will include mass mobilisation campaigns that we aim to roll-out until the launch of the 16 Days of activism programme in November," said Khumalo.

Madonesela will be laid to rest on Saturday 6 April 2013. The funeral service will be held at Naturena Primary School from 9am until midday when the procession will leave for the Avalon Cemetery.

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