A prominent minister has called on the men in his flock to swell the ranks of the Million Men March in Tshwane tomorrow.
"We express our unqualified support and unequivocal endorsement of the Million Men March against women and child abuse," the Reverend Smadz Matsepe, pictured, said. Matsepe is resident priest of the Central Methodist Church in KwaThema, Springs, and the president of the Young Men's Guild (YMG) in the Highveld and Swaziland District.
He urged all members of the YMG and other men in the church to join and support the m arch .
Matsepe made his call during a packed church service yesterday. He said as a church they must be vocal because a member of the congregation, Mally Simelane, had recently lost her daughter, the former Banyana Banyana soccer player, Eudy Simelane, at the hands of male perpetrators.
Matsepe reminded the YMG of their 2004 Thokoza Statement of Faith which lamented the rampant abuse directed against women and children.
"In our Statement of Faith we conceded collective culpability for either committing of failing to act firmly against gender violence and child abuse," he said.
"We call upon all men to repent the sins of commission or omission regarding the social ills of our time.
"In our district, in line with our theme of Restoring Dignity and Giving New Purpose to God's People, we believe active participation in the forthcoming march will strike resonance with our endeavour to restore the dignity of both the victim and perpetrator alike."
He said men should act to reclaim their dignity as protectors.
Showman Desmond Dube conceived the idea for the march after Bashimane "Shimmy" Mofokeng was shot dead in March during a hijacking near his home in Mulbarton, south of Johannesburg.