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COSATU NW to march to demand protection of women and children Friday 15 June

14 June 2012

The media are invited to attend and report.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West is disturbed by the alarming increase in gender-related violence and criminal activities in the province.

It has now become a daily or hourly activity that a women, a child or both are raped, killed physically abused, assaulted or all of the above.

What is worrying is the rate of arrest and conviction of the accused in these kinds of crime and the willingness of the courts to give the perpetrators bail of as little as between R100 and R1000. Often the same perpetrators go on to kill their victims if they are still alive.

In this province our women and children are no longer safe in any way.

The community of North West, including the working class and the poor, will not stand on the periphery and leave the criminals to reign.

COSATU has found it important to take up this matter of the community as the members of the community are members of COSATU and are affected by these social ills

COSATU has called a march to the South African Police Service, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Departments of Human Settlement, Public Safety and Liaison and Social Development, Women, Children and People with Disabilities, to demand the protection of women and children and also to demand that the perpetrators must be brought to book and no bail must be given to anyone accused of these type of crimes.

The COSATU march will be led by the President and General secretary of COSATU, Sidumo Dlamini and Zwelinzima Vavi, the second deputy president of COSATU, Zingiswa Losi, the premier of the North West, Thandi Modise, church leaders and the members of the Central Executive Committee of COSATU, who are national office bearers of COSATU unions.

The march will be on Friday 15 June 2012, gathering from 10h00 at Tshwaraganang centre in Ikageng location in Potchefstroom and we will march at 12h00. COSATU will hand over the memorandum to the leadership of the above-mentioned departments at the Wespol Park at 14h 00.

All people who are against women and child abuse are welcomed to join us, as we fight against these social ills which are terrorising our society, in particular the young children, and young girls who are raped on a daily basis.

We call on our members to join this action with massive support to fight and protect our children and women.

For more information contact Solly Phetoe, COSATU North West Provincial Secretary, at 082 304 4055