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'Don't sit by while abuse continues'

By unknown | Dec 11, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Khanyisile Nkosi

Khanyisile Nkosi

Deputy President Baleka Mbete has called on communities to stop turning a blind eye when women and children are abused and start taking action.

"Don't look away. Go and report the incident to the police if you are scared to intervene," she said.

Mbete was speaking at the launch of the access to justice and the promotion of constitutional rights programme held in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg yesterday.

The programme is an initiative by the department of justice and constitutional development in partnership with the European Union (EU).

It is aimed at enhancing the accessibility of justice to vulnerable and marginalised groups and creating awareness around constitutional rights.

Addressing the hundreds of residents, Mbete said the abuse of women and children was a violation of human rights.

Ambassador Lodewijk Briet, head of delegation of the European Commission to South Africa said the EU has pledged more than R63 million to help deal with Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic, which has now spilled over South Africa, mainly in Limpopo.


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