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Suspect's release a 'violation of women'

By unknown | Aug 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

An organisation, Young South African Women in Dialogue, has added its voice to the protests over the release of a man arrested for forcing a woman to remove her pants.

Thulani Cele, 47, was freed without bail last week.

Cele, a headman from Umlazi's 17 men's hostel, was released on free bail by the Umlazi magistrates' court last week.

He had been arrested after allegedly forcing a young woman to parade naked through the streets for wearing trousers in the hostel, where such an act is banned.

Fikile Masiko, spokesman for the YSAWD in KwaZulu-Natal, said they were disgusted at Cele's release.

"To us this totally disregards and disrespects our endeavours to encourage young women and children to seek justice in situations their rights could be violated," she said.

She said Cele's actions were such a "total violation of rights".

"This action is a serious threat to our democracy and freedom, and is an indictment of all laws governing young women in our country," said Masiko.

Masiko said her organisation regarded any violation of women's rights as very serious.

"We call upon the young victim to continue to seek justice as we will carry on fighting all injustices against women and children.

"We call upon the people of KwaZulu-Natal to form strong partnerships with government in the fight against crime, and we denounce the violation of the rights of all women in a democratic South Africa," she said.


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