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Thursday, February 28, 2013
President Zuma launched stop rape campaign at Mitchell’s Plain school
Imogen Vollenhoven 28
Today President Jacob Zuma and the Minister
of Basic Education Angie Motshekga launched the stop rape in schools campaign
at the Glendale high school in
In his address President Zuma highlighted
many factors including the fact that South Africa faces a problem of
ongoing abuse and violent attacks of defenceless women and children.
President Zuma says that as a country we
have to build a more caring society in which the rights of all are respected
especially the rights of women and children. President Zuma said that is why
government in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and other
stake holders are launching the stop rape campaign.
The President also mentions that over
64 000 cases of rape have been reported to the police in 2012. The
Minister of Police last year indicated a decrease in the levels of serious
crimes but however the levels of sexual assaults are of serious concern.
He adds that today they have come together
to say these acts of violence toward women and children must stop. No women or
child deserves to be abused in any way, not by means of beating, rape, stabbed,
shot or attacked, in South Africa by anyone known or
Rape and sexual attacks on boys and men
must also be stopped highlighted President Zuma. He also mentioned that the
community must take time to read the constitution in order to be aware of their
rights as human beings.
President Zuma was accompanied by the Basic
Minister of Education Angie Motshekga and she said that this is a very
important campaign, not only are they concerned about violence in South Africa but also the high
level of bullying in schools.
Motshekga said that the bully of today will
be the abuser of tomorrow. She added that this campaign should help the country
and the schools to focus on bullying, so that this culture of violence can come
to and end.
Minister Motshekga said on the Morning of
the 1st of March at , over 10 million
learners will assemble in their schools and take a stand against violence and
abuse. Schools are also requested to educate children about the evils of crime
and abuse, if this is done children will protect women, children and respect and
uphold everybody’s rights.
Motshekga appealed for the support of all
South Africans and parents in order to make this campaign work and also added
that the stop campaign shouldn’t only end on the 1st of March but
should continue throughout the education of our children.
After the official launch President Jacob
Zuma, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Deputy Minister of Education
Enver Surty, MEC Donald Grant, Mr Y Abramjee and the Principle Mr A Chothia
signed the pledge to curb violence in the country.