July 2018 2nd Edition

One hundred police cadets to join 100 Men March

Written by Jauhara Khan
Minister of Police Bheki Cele and 100 police cadets will lend their voices to the fight against gender-based violence when they join the highly-anticipated 100 Men March in Pretoria on 11 July.

Minister Cele had pledged to prioritise and intensify the fight against crimes against women, children and vulnerable groups when tabling the SAPS budget vote in parliament in May 2018.

In a statement, the South African Police Services (SAPS) said the Minister would address the march, pledging his support to stop violence against women and children.

“The march draws 100 men from different categories across our society to create a visible front of men marching together to show their commitment to making South Africa safer for women and children.

 “The scourge of violence against women and children is a huge threat to our development as a nation. On average, one in five South African women older than 18 has experienced physical violence,” said the SAPS.

 The march was launched by Government Communications, and will draw at least 100 men from various sectors of society, such as business, labour, faith-based organisations, non-profit and media organisations.

It not only serves as a call for an end to violence against women and children, but will also commemorate the centenary celebrations of former President Nelson Mandela and struggle stalwart Albertina Sisulu. Both worked tirelessly for human rights during their lives.

The SAPS called on all organisations to join the march and demonstrate their resolve to ending violence against women and children.

The march will begin at Church Square at 10AM and end at the southern lawns of The Union Buildings.

Members of the public can join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ThumaMina #100MenMarch.

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