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End rape and brutal killings of women

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End rape and brutal killings of women

Gauteng has experienced some of the most horrific incidents of rape and brutal killings in recent times. I write against the backdrop of calamities that befell the families of Karabo Mokoena, Lerato Moloi, Jeannette Cindi just to mention but a fewat the hands of spineless men.

  It is indeed worrying and shameful to witness it within out Province. Many of these young women were raped and burnt beyond recognition which seems to be an ongoing trend lately. 

 The most recent reports in the media on violence against women depict the continuous challenges women face in their homes and at the hands of their loved ones. 

The physical and emotional abuse of women is a grave violation of human rights which leaves short or long term scars.  

The law enforcement agencies are hard at work to ensure the perpetrators of violence against women are brought to book and dealt with accordingly. In the process of dealing with the perpetrators, our law enforcement agencies are compromised because some women are not resolute. 

On the one hand, they raise alarm for law to take its course, on the other, succumb to manipulation and beg the law enforcement officers to withdraw the charges. 

These are some of the challenges we need to address as a society in general. The violence against women takes the character of a vicious cycle. One incident of abuse leads to another.

The fight against women abuse needs social cohesion with its constituent elements that include social inclusion, social capital and social mobility. The significance of the faith based organisations, non-governmental organisations can never go unnoticed. 

As a society, we need to strengthen the role played by the above- mentioned stakeholders and as a collective begin to walk the talk in our quest to eradicate this monstrous behavior.

A big applause to those resolute women who amid the numerous attempts to be manipulated by their abusive partners and husbands stand ground and soldier on to ensure the perpetrators receive the full might of the law. The Gauteng Provincial government has various Victim Empowerment Centres (VEC’s) which are havens for abused women.  The officials at the victim empowerment centers are trained personnel who offer professional support services thus restoring dignity and instilling hope to those who have been subjected to physical abuse and gross emotional turbulences. I call upon men to be protectors of their families and society at large.

A drastic paradigm shift is required as a matter of urgency in dealing with matters that relate to violence against women. Let love and common decency characterise the manner in which we treat each other as reasonable and self-respecting human beings.

 

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Its Wooo Haaa! at Berea Park

By: Ntombekhaya Zibi Master Mukubwa has taken karate by storm at the Berea Park. He teaches various age groups and different nationalities everyday in the morning at the park. “Club Mukubwa is very new, I started it eight months ago to help people learn karate, i teach people karate as an art, for self-defence and also staying fit,” he said. The club meets everyday in the morning and train at the park. At the moment Club Mukubwa has seven males and three females. Captain Thokozani Nkomo who also trains under the club said, “People are encouraged to join the club it’s free, we only contribute anything we can afford to support Master and help him participate in fights.”

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City wins legal battle against Yeoville church

Residents of North Hills Mansions in Yeoville, Johannesburg, will sleep tight from now on after the South Gauteng High Court on Wednesday May 17 granted the City of Johannesburg an order against a pastor who had been operating an illegal church for several months and disturbing the peace of the locals. The order was granted by Judge Justice Twala.

Selvan Crole Marcelle, who was not present in court, had illegally converted his flat into a church after tearing down not only the internal walls but also an outside wall with heritage value belonging to the complex. As a result, Marcelle, popularly known among his congregants as Pastor Eiljah, was in contravention of a number of by-laws, noise pollution regulations and church zoning rules.

“The sheriff of the court will serve the pastor with an order to stop conducting church services. Violation of the order will result in the pastor being held in contempt of court,” said Prince Mudau of Prince Mudau & Associates, a law firm representing the City. Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba briefly attended the court proceedings in support of the residents of North Hills Mansions, who had complained about the disruptive and noisy church services, which were held almost on a daily basis and often went on until well into the early hours of the morning.

Following the complaints, the City applied for a High Court interdict on April 18 to stop Marcelle from conducting the illegal church services.

Speaking on the sidelines of the court proceedings, Mayor Mashaba said the order signalled the beginning of the end of illegal churches across the city. “Illegal churches are disrupting the lives of law-abiding citizens,” said Mayor Mashaba.

“We have law-abiding citizens who have invested in their homes, which are being devalued by these illegal activities. We are going to reclaim this city.”

The Mayor said illegal churches were a big problem in Yeoville. “It’s time we deal with the matter and send a strong message that there is no place in Johannesburg for people who disregard the law,” he said.

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