Cosatu to march against rape

The trade union federation will lead a march against sexual violence on Sunday.

UCT students take part in a night vigil following the rape and murder of Anene Booysen. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape says programmes need to be put in place for men who are guilty of sexual abuse.

The trade union federation will host an anti-rape rally at the Grand Parade on Sunday.

About 2,000 people, including religious organisations, government officials and community members are expected to join the Cosatu march.

The protest comes in the wake of gang-rape, murder and mutilation of Bredasdorp teen Anene Booysen.

In a separate incident, Ge-Audrey Green's body was found in a draw in a flat in Kraaifontein.

The 19-year-old was sexually assaulted and strangled to death.

Cosatu provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich says the only way to address the scourge is if government and communities unite.

He said decisive action is needed against perpetrators who are guilty of such crimes.

Meanwhile, a group of people gathered outside the Cape Town Train Station to protest against sexual violence.

They say they are fed up with the rights of women being continuously violated.

The Sonke Gender Justice Network's Tanya Childs says, "The gathering is part of the One Billion Rising Global Campaign, calling society to take a stand and rise up."