Outraged...anti-violence against women and children marchers in South Africa

OVER 2500 people from the Men of Hope Movement in South Africa took to the streets of Kempton Park in Johannesburg this morning to express their frustration towards violence against women and children, corruption and unaccountable leaders.

The march started at the Kempton Park Civic Centre and ended at the Kempton Park SAPS station where a memorandum was handed to the station commander.

“As men of this country we are deeply saddened by the events in our nation. Corruption has escalated to levels where in has become institutionalised. 

Commenting on the significance of the march, Reverend Siphiwe Mathebula, the Founder of Men of Hope said: “This march is a plea to all men who are in a position of leadership in South Africa to end this rot. As Men of Hope, we continue to pray for our land to be healed. There are more good men in South Africa than there are bad ones. We are hopeful that positive change will come in our country.”

The march was part of a three day men’s conference held at Hope Restoration campus in Kempton Park under the theme “Fearless”.

Men of Hope members from various parts of the country including KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape attended the conference.

Generally, South African statistics around the abuse of women at the hands of men, especially men they know, are shocking.

Statistics drawn from studies by South Africa’s Medical Research Council and Centre for Public Mental Health indicate that intimate partner violence (IPV) incidences are as follows:

1- Every eight hours (on average), a woman dies at the hands of an intimate partner in South Africa.

2-IPV is the most common form of violence experienced by South African women and is the leading cause of death among South African women.

3-More women are killed by their current or former intimate male partner in South Africa than in any other country in the world.

4-Victims remain hesitant to disclose their situation because of the stigma attached to IPV. Those who do report incidents reportedly deal with public servants who fail to detect their problem or deny that it exists.

5-Of pregnant women, 36-40% experience physical IPV and 15-19% experience sexual IPV. The violence increases the risk for the baby, which could be born pre-term and with a low birth weight.