The City of Tshwane mayor, Stephen Mokgalapa is calling to Tshwane residents including stakeholders cutting across a spectrum of communities in universities, corporate, government and civil society organisations to join the night vigil which is initiated to fight against Gender Base Violence (GBV).
On Tuesday, the City Council lit up candles inside the Chambers in support of victims and survivors of gender based violence.
According to Stevens Mokgalapa, lighting of candles was a symbolic action they carried out that day.
Mokgalapa is expected to lead the City’s Night Vigil against Gender Based Violence taking place on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at Tshwane House.
The night vigil is initiated to be the first response to ensure the City responds to the murdering of women and children in a comprehensive manner.
On the statement released, Mayor Mokgalapa said it was important for the Capital City to lead not only by example, but with the intention to encourage other cities and sectors of society to highlight this challenge filling both personal and professional space.
“Today we say to them that they are not alone, their voices have been heard, their pleas have not fallen on deaf ears. Today we say to South Africa that no more will it be business as usual while our women and children suffer at the hands of unscrupulous men,” said Mayor Mokgalapa.
Mayor Mokgalapa emphasised the significant moment in South Africa’s democracy, making special mention of the leadership and commitment demonstrated by the City’s Gender Unit and the Chairperson on the Multi-Party Women’s Caucus, Cllr Rose Maake, who are integral in planning the night vigil.
Tshwane residents are all encouraged to join the vigil and lend their voices to end the issue of GBV in communities.
By: Fortunate Machaba