Men against abuse march on parliament

A memorandum was handed over to the Regional Head of Justice.

UCT staff and students recently protested against rape. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Around 1,000 men took to the streets of Cape Town on Saturday to protest the abuse of women and children.

The group marched on parliament, where they handed over a memorandum to the Regional Head of Justice.

The man who organised the march Errol Naidoo said the memorandum included a call for more urgent police action and harsher sentences for perpetrators.

“We realised that we have a crisis in South Africa and it’s out of control.

“The fact is that 95% of rapists and abusers of women and children are walking the streets freely and can repeat such crimes.

“We need action from government.”

Awareness around the abuse of women and children was recently sparked by the violent rape and death of Anene Booysens, a 17-year-old girl who was discovered by a security guard the morning after she had been gang-raped and mutilated at a construction site in Bredasdorp, in the Western Cape in February.