We mark today 6th September 2019.
This day will make the history books, OUR history books.
Today is another example of how if we as South Africans put our minds to something we make wonderful things happen. This day will serve as an example to all generations of our country that we value our people.
EVERY single person that lives and resided in South Africa.
We are taking a stand today with everyone saying Enough IS Enough!
We are done with Gender-Based Violence on Woman, Men, and Children.
We are done Xenophobic attacks.
We are done with not feeling safe in our OWN Homes.
The events of the week alone are but the tip of the iceberg, of what goes on DAILY in our Country. Rape statistic alone are enough to give you sleepless nights.
According to South African Police Service 2017/18 crime statistics :
This is based on a yearly report, imagine if we were to go into a weekly or daily report...
With recent Protest efforts clear cut lines into what the country needs to fix issues were given to the Government. And for once we got a swift response, Cyril Ramaphosa stated:
“We have heard the calls of the women of our country for action and justice. The collective anger, the pain and the fear that these killings have caused must strengthen our resolve to end all forms of violence and abuse perpetrated by men against women,”
The president said there would be a review of gender-based violence cases that were bungled.
“All gender-based violence cases that have been closed or that were not properly investigated must be reviewed.”
"We will address harsher penalties so that the men who rape women, and kill women, must stay in jail for life," Ramaphosa said. "Men who rape women, men who kill women, do not belong in society. They belong behind bars ... once you rape and kill a woman, you will get life."
Considering everything that has been going on, this is a necessary step into assuring the safety of Women, Men and Children alike. This needs to stop, people need to realise that there will be harsher consequences for these gruesome actions. We need to feel safe again.
If you know anyone who has suffered any form of violence be it sexually based or not, we have found a few helplines to contact:
People Opposed to Woman Abuse (Powa)
Powa provides counseling, both over the phone and in person, temporary shelter for and legal help to women who have experienced violence.
Tel: 011 642 4345
Childline South Africa
This non-profit organisation helps abused children and their families with a free counseling service. It deals with issues such as physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse, behavioral problems, and trafficking, and gives legal advice.
Toll-free helpline: 0800 055 555
TEARS Foundation provides access to crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, and prevention education services for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse.
Free SMS helpline: *134*7355#
Tel: 010 590 5920
The Trauma Centre
The Trauma Centre provides trauma counseling and violence prevention services for people affected by violence
Tel: 021 465 7373
This is the time to speak up and help, Enough is Enough.