IFP anger at dress-code abuse

Mary Papayya

Umlazi IFP councillor Bhekokuhle Mkhize has called a meeting tonight to discuss the ban on women wearing trousers in the area.

This after Zandile Mpanza was attacked by a group of men for wearing trousers last week.

"The woman who was attacked has also been invited to the meeting. We do not accept such behaviour," said Mkhize.

Police spokesman Vincent Mdunge confirmed that a suspect, Thulani Cele, had been arrested in connection with the crime but was released on bail.

Mdunge said that now a warrant of arrest has been issued against Cele for failing to make a scheduled second court appearance.

"The police will not turn a blind eye to any crime directed to women and children. Police in KwaZulu-Natal regard crimes against women and children priority crimes," said Mkhize.

"We will make sure that the interest and human rights of women and children are respected and protected."

He said police representatives from the Umlazi Community Policing Forum will attend the meeting "to make sure that the rights" of women and children are protected.

"We cannot negotiate on issues about crime," he said.