John Moodey MPL
DA Provincial Leader in Gauteng
Next Friday, 8 March 2013, the Democratic Alliance (DA) will lead a march against rape to Constitution Hill. The march will be headed by prominent male DA figures that will be making a pledge to stand up against all forms of abuse against women and children, as well as speaking out about other societal ills, such as child maintenance and corruption issues.
In recent weeks, the very fabric of our society has been ripped apart by horrific stories of rape and abuse. The tragic story of Anene Booysen, brutally raped and murdered recently in Bredasdorp, has galvanised our country into doing more to stop this scourge.
Anene is just one of too many victims of such crimes in South Africa. It is estimated that a rape is reported every four minutes in South Africa and that one in every three women will be raped in her life time.
The DA believes that the whole of society has a part to play in speaking out and fighting this abuse. As men, we have a responsibility to honour, protect and respect all women and to be role models for other men in our families, workplace and communities. At the same time, we acknowledge that women are not the only victims of abuse in our country.
Each individual South African can take a stand against this violence. Activism begins in your own home, with a pledge to protect and respect your wives, mothers, sisters, nieces and daughters.
The DA invites any interested organisations to join us in our march to Constitution Hill. In the days leading up to the march, the DA will also be running a social media campaign which aims to involve members of the public in making their own pledge to stand up against rape. Please follow @DAGauteng on twitter and refer to the DA Gauteng’s Facebook page for more information.