The DA Youth yesterday marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to demand action from the Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities.
Led by DA regional chairperson Cilliers Brink, the youth said Minister Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya needed to "wake up" to the reality of violence being perpetrated by the police against women and children.
The marchers dispersed after two hours because there was no one to receive their memorandum. Metro police stopped them from advancing to the entrance of the Union Buildings for "safety reasons".
The protest, on the eve of the start of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, was aimed at prompting Mayende-Sibiya into action.
"The ANC should face 16 days of shame for merely paying lip service to the rights of women and youth, while presiding over a government that negligently allows its agents to abuse these very rights," said Brink.
Brink also said that 406 criminal offences were committed by police officers in Gauteng, with a further 25 rapes committed by officers nationally, according to the Independent Complaints Directorate's annual report.
He referred to incidents in Kempton Park and Rustenburg, where two women were allegedly raped in custody by police officers.