By Celeste Barker (MPL), Shadow MEC for Health:
The DA is shocked and saddened by this morning’s incident at the Qaqamba High School in Duncan Village where a journalist, photographer and I were stoned by pupils during a DA-picket against sexual abuse. This illustrates that there is something to hide at this school. We will not be deterred by people who instigate children to intimidate us.
We will continue to fight for what is right and to support girls who have the courage to make a stand by saying no to sexual abuse despite the potential stigmatization and isolation that follows this bold move. We salute their courage.
Our society will only be free when women no longer have to fear sexual predators.
The acting provincial of the school is accused of making sexual advances towards a Grade 11 pupil. The DA is demanding that the acting principal is suspended while investigations into the matter take place.
We are living in an extremely violent and unsafe environment. Today’s incident is proof of this.
We’ve made it our moral duty and a matter of conscience to support young women who have been victimized. Part of our message to all women is that they should stand up, speak out and be there to support one another. No one should suffer in silence.