ACDP Women's League marches against abuse
ABOUT 60 women took part in the African Christian Democratic Party's march against rape in Soweto.
The women marched from Zone 7 in Meadowlands to the Dobsonville police station carrying placards with statements that rebuke rapists. They chanted slogans such as We are tired of being raped and Enough is enough.
Led by Lydia Meshoe of the ACDP Women's League, they handed over a memorandum to Colonel Doctor Nyambi at the police station.
"The march was sparked by the recent incident in which Mary-Jane Mashinini was strangled and raped," Meshoe said.
"The recent rapes of old women and children have also forced us to stand up and fight.
"What pains me is that about 2014 women were raped between January and May this year. About 848 of those raped were children under 18, while 23 were disabled people.
"We want the SAPS to take rape seriously because it is horrific and terrible. Rape destroys the future of women. We appeal to the SAPS to be visible in crime hot spots."
Meshoe urged the police to train officers who deal with rape victims on a daily basis.
Nyambi promised to work harder to ensure the safety of women and children in their homes. - firstname.lastname@example.org