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IFP Leader Demands Stricter Punishments for Abusers in KZN Awareness Walk

Published February 29, 2024
4 months ago

In a striking declaration for justice, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Velenkosini Hlabisa has taken a firm stand in advocating for stringent sentences for perpetrators of abuse against women and children in South Africa. Addressing the pressing concerns of violent crimes against the vulnerable sectors of society, Hlabisa vehemently emphasized the alarming statistics that have brought this issue to the forefront of socio-political discourse.

During an awareness march held in Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal, organized by the UMthonjaneni Municipality last Friday, Hlabisa and a multitude of community members took to the streets in a vocal demonstration against the pervasive culture of abuse. The march, an attempt to encourage a healthy lifestyle, was a multi-faceted campaign that shed light not only on gender-based violence but also on drug and substance abuse – ills that indirectly contribute to the cycle of violence against women and children.

It was a scene permeated with solidarity and resolve as the busy R66 road pulsated to a standstill. Participants brandished placards that resonated with powerful calls to action such as “Stop killing women and children” and “Real communities unite in the fight against drugs and alcohol.” These slogans punctuated the air, underscoring the shared commitment of the attendees to effect a tangible change.

In his address to the crowd, Hlabisa spoke with a glimmer of optimism bolstered by the evident support from male participants in the march. It was a significant moment, reflecting a growing societal awareness and a willingness to stand shoulder to shoulder in safeguarding those victimized by heinous acts of violence and abuse.

Complementing Hlabisa's initiative, UMthonjaneni Municipality Mayor Mbangiseni Biyela highlighted an equally critical aspect of the municipal agenda – the battle against the pervasive threat of drug abuse. Identifying the correlation between drug turfs and the loss of lives, Biyela delineated how the scourge has infiltrated local communities, necessitating a collaborative approach to devising effective countermeasures.

One of the participants, Gladys Mkhabela, 34, voiced the collective sentiment, affirming the significance of such proactive initiatives in fostering community engagement and potentially spearheading a movement that could redefine the safety and well-being of residents, most notably, women and children.

This awareness walk in Mthonjaneni is a mere fraction of a broader advocacy required to tilt the scales towards justice and prevention. Nevertheless, the gathered voices and steely resolve stand as a testament to community resilience and unity against the social diseases plaguing South Africa, and their rally stands as a beacon of hope in the continuous stride towards societal healing and transformation.

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