Community Briefing & March on Services to Victims of Rape & Sexual Assault

Photo of protestors marching in Pietermaritzburg

Marchers in the streets of Pietermaritzburg

Over 130 community members marched in the streets Pietermaritzburg and submitted a petition to the speaker of the KZN Provincial Legislature about poor services provided to victims of rape and sexual assault.

Bongiwe Zondi of Justice and Women, a march organizer, said that at a planning meeting she asked how many women would be coming in from Sweetwaters and one woman replied “how many buses can you send to us. We are tired of rapists terrorizing our community.”

Photo of marchers in Pietermaritzburg

We are tired of rapists terrorizing our community, community members say

Other organizations report that community members are afraid of marching and coming forward with complaints because rapists are released on bail back into communities without warning and intimidate and threaten families into withdrawing their cases.

A number of KZN-based civil society organizations namely Justice and Women (JAW), Lifeline/Rape Crisis, Family and Marriage Society of South Africa (FAMSA), Gay and Lesbian Network (GLN), Vulamehlo, Masiphile Projects, and Umphithi Men’s Forum are taking up these concerns about poor services being rendered to victims of sexual violence in our community.

Marchers submitted a petition to the speaker of the KZN Provincial Legislature

Today’s march is the first of many other protest actions to be undertaken by members of the National Sexual Offenses Monitoring Group’s Shukamisa Campaign.

For more information, contact:

Amber Howard Cornelius

Justice and Women

084 366 8086

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